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[ruhk-sak, roo k-]
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  1. a type of knapsack carried by hikers, bicyclists, etc.
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Origin of rucksack

1890–95; < German: literally, back sack
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  • Had only my rucksack, left rest of my stuff at coll., to be forwarded later.


    Christopher Morley

  • As Sweet was the only man with a rucksack, we three had to make our own.

    A Kut Prisoner

    H. C. W. Bishop

  • Helen and Miss Jardine got up when he came in and put the rucksack on the table.

    The Girl From Keller's

    Harold Bindloss

  • He even hit on the shop in which you bought your rucksack and alpenstock.

  • He wished he had both these books in his rucksack, but as he had not, he decided he would hunt for them in Chichester.

British Dictionary definitions for rucksack


  1. a large bag, usually having two straps and a supporting frame, carried on the back and often used by climbers, campers, etcUS and Canadian name: backpack
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Word Origin

C19: from German, literally: back sack
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Word Origin and History for rucksack


1866, from German Rucksack, from Alpine dialect Rück "the back" (from German Rücken; see ridge) + Sack "sack" (see sack (n.1)).

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