Definition of bag noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bæɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bæɡ//
    jump to other results
  1. 1  [countable] (often in compounds) a container made of paper or plastic, that opens at the top, used especially in shops/stores a plastic/polythene/paper bag a laundry/mail bag a black plastic rubbish/garbage bag See related entries: Accessories
  2. 2  [countable] a strong container made from cloth, plastic, leather, etc., usually with one or two handles, used to carry things in when shopping or travelling a shopping bag a make-up bag He's upstairs unpacking his bags. She opened her bag (= her handbag) and took out her comb. see also airbag, beanbag, bumbag, goody bag, punchbag, sandbag, teabag
  3. amount
  4. 3[countable] bag (of something) the amount contained in a bag She ate a bag of chips. see also mixed bag, ragbag
  5. 4bags [uncountable, plural] bag (of something) (British English, informal) a large amount or a large number of something Get in! There's bags of room.
  6. under eyes
  7. 5bags [plural] dark circles or loose folds of skin under the eyes, as a result of getting old or lack of sleep
  8. unpleasant woman
  9. 6[countable] (informal, especially British English) an insulting word for an unpleasant or bad-tempered older woman see also ratbag, scumbag, windbag
  10. birds/animals
  11. 7[countable, usually singular] all the birds, animals, etc. shot or caught on one occasion We got a good bag today. There are many other compounds ending in bag. You will find them at their place in the alphabet.
  12. Word OriginMiddle English: perhaps from Old Norse baggi.Extra examples He could not convince those who held the money bags that his idea was viable. He shouldered his bag and left. He tossed his bag onto an empty seat. He was walking along swinging his school bag. Her crocodile skin clutch bag matched her shoes. I had to lug my bags up the stairs. I opened the trunk of the car to retrieve my bags. I rummaged in my bag for a pen. New airline regulations banned scissors in carry-on bags. She grabbed her bag and ran out of the door. She had a heavy bag swinging from each hand. She helped me load my bags into the car. She stepped down off the bus with her bag slung over her shoulder. The bag bulged with papers and letters. The camera caught him slipping a CD into his bag. The customs officer asked him to empty out the contents of his bag. The dead soldiers were put on the plane in body bags. The mushrooms are sealed in a bag for freshness. They were gathering their bags, preparing to leave. Two youths snatched her bag as she was walking home. We dropped our bags off at the hotel and went straight out. We’re giving away a free goody bag with every children’s meal. You can check bags of up to 70 pounds for free. You need to have your bags packed and be ready to go by six. a baby changing bag a bag of groceries a cyclist with his laptop in a messenger bag slung across his chest He was carrying a leather travelling bag. He was told to pack his bags and leave. I got my bag down from the rack. My passport was right at the bottom of my bag. The porter will take your bags up to your room.Idioms (informal) (not) something that you are interested in or good at Poetry isn't really my bag. with all your possessions, especially secretly or suddenly He threw her out onto the street, bag and baggage. (informal) a very thin person or animal The cat hadn’t been fed for weeks and was just a bag of bones. (informal) a set of methods or equipment that somebody can use Hotel managers are using a whole new bag of tricks to attract their guests.
    be a bag/bundle of nerves
    jump to other results
    (informal) to be very nervous See related entries: Nervous
    (informal) if something is in the bag, it is almost certain to be won or achieved
    leave somebody holding the bag
    jump to other results
    (North American English, informal) to suddenly make somebody responsible for something important, such as finishing a difficult job, that is really your responsibility You two were going to fly off and leave me holding the bag.
    let the cat out of the bag
    jump to other results
    to tell a secret carelessly or by mistake I wanted it to be a surprise, but my sister let the cat out of the bag.
    (informal) to leave a person or place permanently, especially after a disagreement
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bag