- a canvas, nylon, or leather bag for clothes, food, and other supplies, carried on the back by soldiers, hikers, etc.
Origin of knapsack
Examples from the Web for knapsack
Contemporary Examples of knapsack
When he arrived, carrying nothing but a knapsack, he retrieved his Lampoon credit card from his wallet and broke it in two.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
Historical Examples of knapsack
Wrayson looked at the knapsack, at the camera, and at the little man himself.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Each of the Russians closed a switch on the knapsack which he wore.Poisoned Air
Sterner St. Paul Meek
Help me to stock my knapsack, and I 'll find my road myself.'The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Not that the staff and the knapsack are the passports to only such as these.
I strapped on my knapsack at once, and stepped into the little boat.
- a canvas or leather bag carried strapped on the back or shoulder
Word Origin for knapsack
c.1600, from Low German Knapsack (Dutch knapzak), probably from knappen "to eat" literally "to crack, snap" + Sack "bag" (see sack (n.1)).