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Dictionary Definition



1 a flexible container with a single opening; "he stuffed his laundry into a large bag"
2 the quantity of game taken in a particular period (usually by one person); "his bag included two deer"
3 place that runner must touch before scoring; "he scrambled to get back to the bag" [syn: base]
4 a bag used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women); "she reached into her bag and found a comb" [syn: handbag, pocketbook, purse]
5 the quantity that a bag will hold; "he ate a large bag of popcorn" [syn: bagful]
6 a portable rectangular traveling bag for carrying clothes; "he carried his small bag onto the plane with him" [syn: traveling bag, grip, suitcase]
7 an ugly or ill-tempered woman; "he was romancing the old bag for her money" [syn: old bag]
8 mammary gland of bovids (cows and sheep and goats) [syn: udder]
9 an activity that you like or at which you are superior; "chemistry is not my cup of tea"; "his bag now is learning to play golf"; "marriage was scarcely his dish" [syn: cup of tea, dish]


1 capture or kill, as in hunting; "bag a few pheasants"
2 hang loosely, like an empty bag
3 bulge out; form a bulge outward, or be so full as to appear to bulge [syn: bulge]
4 take unlawfully [syn: pocket]
5 put into a bag; "The supermarket clerk bagged the groceries" [also: bagging, bagged]

User Contributed Dictionary



bagge, from baggi, cognate with Old French bagage, bague.



  1. A flexible container made of cloth, paper, plastic, etc.
  2. One’s preference.
    Acid House is not my bag, I prefer the more traditional styles of music.
  3. An ugly woman.
  4. The cloth-covered pillow used for first, second, and third base.
    The grounder hit the bag and bounced over the fielder’s head.
  5. First, second, or third base.
    He headed back to the bag.''
  6. In the context of "preceded by "the"": A breathalyzer device, so named because it formerly had a plastic bag over the end to measure a set amount of breath.


flexible container
  • Finnish: juttu
ugly woman
baseball: cloth-covered pillow used for first, second, and third base
baseball: first, second, or third base
breathalyzer device
  • Finnish: pilli


  1. To put into a bag.
  2. To catch or kill, especially when fishing or hunting.
    We bagged three deer yesterday.
  3. To gain possession of something, or to make first claim on something.
  4. slang African American Vernacular To be caught by the police.
  5. slang African American Vernacular To bring a woman one met on the street with one.
  6. slang African American Vernacular To laugh uncontrollably.
  7. To criticise sarcastically.
  8. To provide artificial ventilation with a bag valve mask (BVM) resuscitator.
to put into a bag
to catch
  • Finnish: kaataa (game), napata (fish), pyydystää (fish or live animals), saada (anything)
  • Icelandic: veiða
  • Japanese: 仕留める (しとめる, shitomeru)



  1. back


  1. behind



  1. cheek



Loanword from bag.


  1. A purse more or less similar to a bag or a sack.
  2. On a baby carriage: a detachable part of the carriage to lie on.





  1. tiger



From the word bag.


  1. A kind of large bag; a duffel bag

Torres Strait Creole


From bag.


  1. In the context of "eastern dialect": cheek


Extensive Definition

A bag (also known as a sack) is a non-rigid or semi-rigid container, made of paper, cloth, plastic, leather, or some other flexible material.
A bag is used for packaging and/or carrying items. For the latter a bag may have one or two handles; a shoulder bag has a strap to carry it on the shoulder (the bag is either carried on the side of the shoulder carrying it, or the other side). A rucksack has straps to carry it on the back. There is also be a string bag, with two strings which go over the shoulder and can be used as the fastening as well.
A bag may be closable by a zipper, snap fastener, etc., or simply by folding (e.g. in the case of a paper bag). Sometimes a money bag or travel bag has a lock. Sachets may be fabric bags that are filled with pot pourri and tied off with ribbons.
A bag may or may not be disposable; however, even a disposable bag can often be used many times, not only for economic but also for environmental reasons. On the other hand there may be logistic or hygienic reasons to use a bag only once. For example, a garbage bag is often disposed of with its content. A bag for packaging a disposable product is often disposed of when it is empty.
An empty bag may or may not be very light and foldable to a small size. If it is, this is convenient for carrying it to the place where it is needed, such as a shop, and for storage of empty bags.
Bags vary from small ones, like purses (e.g. as an alternative to putting small objects in pockets of clothing) to large ones for use in traveling like a suitcase.
Cheap disposable paper bags and plastic shopping bags are very common in the retail trade as a convenience for shoppers, and are often supplied by the shop for free or for a small fee. Customers may also take their own shopping bags to the shop.
The word probably has its origins in the Norse word baggi Although paper had been used for purposes of wrapping and padding in ancient China since the 2nd century BC, the first use of paper bags (for preserving the flavor of tea) in China came during the later Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).
There are environmental concerns regarding use and disposal of plastic shopping and trash bags. Efforts are being taken to control and reduce their use in some European Union countries, including Ireland and the Netherlands. In some cases the cheap bags are taxed so the customer must pay a fee where they may not have done previously. Sometimes heavy duty reusable plastic and fabric bags are sold, typically costing €0.5 to €1, and these may replace disposable bags entirely. Sometimes free replacements are offered when the bag wears out. A notable exception to this trend is the UK, where disposable plastic bags are still freely available and are dominant.


bag in Guarani: Vosa
bag in German: Tüte
bag in Spanish: Bolsa de papel
bag in Esperanto: Sako
bag in French: Sac
bag in Hindi: थैला
bag in Italian: Borsa (oggetto)
bag in Lithuanian: Rankinė
bag in Dutch: Tas (voorwerp)
bag in Japanese: 鞄
bag in Narom: Pouque
bag in Polish: Torba (worek)
bag in Russian: Мешок
bag in Simple English: Bag
bag in Serbian: Кеса
bag in Finnish: Laukku
bag in Swedish: Väska
bag in Yiddish: בעג

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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