- a leather or canvas carrying bag, usually one that can be strapped over the shoulder and used to carry food and personal items when a person is traveling.
Origin of packsack
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Examples from the Web for packsack
Mason paused halfway in the act of strapping on his packsack.
Then he let his hands drop, walked over and began to put on his packsack.
I always carry a light ax and if the weather is cold I put a blanket in my packsack.Woodcraft
E. H. (Elmer Harry) Kreps
Dragging the skiff well above high-water mark, I stacked my stuff in it, shouldered my packsack and climbed the levee.Down the Yellowstone
Lewis R. Freeman
Once our group was out of sight of the ship, Mason threw down his packsack, sat down on a boulder and lighted a cigarette.
- US and Canadian a bag carried strapped on the back or shoulderAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): knapsack
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