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  1. a bag for money.
  2. moneybags, (used with a singular verb) a very wealthy or extravagant person.
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Origin of moneybag

1555–65; 1940–45 for def 2; money + bag
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for money-bag

Historical Examples of money-bag

  • What do you think that—that walkin' money-bag came here for?

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The Caliph found in his dress, not only the box of magic powder, but also his money-bag.

  • If Tam can scare this money-bag back to Frankfurt, he will render us a service.

    Tam O' The Scoots

    Edgar Wallace

  • He had to undo the string of his money-bag, but the chief was too fine a gentleman to smile.

  • England was to remain in the background jingling the money-bag.

Word Origin and History for money-bag


1560s, from money + bag (n.). Meaning "rich person" is from 1818. Related: moneybags.

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