[bag] noun, verb, bagged, bag·ging, interjection

noun1. A container or receptacle of leather, plastic, cloth, paper, etc., capable of being closed at the mouth; pouch.

2. Something resembling or suggesting such a receptacle.

3. A suit case or other portable container for carrying articles, as in traveling.

4. A purse or money bag.

5. The amount or quantity a bag can hold.

6. Any of various measures of capacity.

7. A sac, as in an animal body.

8. An udder.

9. Something hanging in a loose, pouch like manner, as skin or cloth; a baggy part: He had bags under his eyes from lack of sleep.

10. Baseball. base

11. Hunting. the amount of game taken, especially by one hunter in one hunting trip or over a specified period.

12. Slang.
a. A person's avocation, hobby, major interest, or obsession: Jazz isn't my bag.
b. A person's mood or frame of mind: The boss is in a mean bag today.
c. An environment, condition, or situation.

13. Bags,
a. Informal. plenty; much; many ( usually followed by of): bags of time; bags of money.
b. Slang. trousers.

14. To swell or bulge: A stiff breeze made the sails bag out.

15. To hang loosely like an empty bag: His socks bagged at the ankles.

16. To pack groceries or other items into a bag.

verb (used with object)

17. To cause to swell or bulge; distend: The wind bagged the curtain.

18. To put into a bag.

19. Informal. to kill or catch, as in hunting: I bagged my first deer when I was a teenager.

20. Theater. clew


21. Bags! BritishSlang. (used to lay first claim to something): Bags it! Bags, I go first!


22. Slang. to quit, abandon, or skip: I bagged my math class today. We'd better bag the deal. I was working too hard so I decided to bag it.

23. Bag and baggage, a. With all one's personal property: When they went to collect the rent, they found he had left, bag and baggage.
b. Completely, totally: The equipment had disappeared, bag and baggage, without even the slightest trace.

24. Bag of bones, an emaciated person or animal.

25. Bag of tricks, a supply of expedient resources; stratagems: Maybe they will finally be honest with us, once they've run through their bag of tricks.

26. Hold the bag, Informal. To be forced to bear the entire blame, responsibility, or loss that was to have been shared:
His accomplices flew to South America on news of the theft and left him holding the bag.

1200–50; 1920–25 ;Middle English bagge < Old Norse baggi pack, bundle

Related formsbag·like, adjective
un·bagged, adjective

Can be confused:  bag, baggage, luggage, pack, sac, sack.

Regional variation note
1. Although bag and sack are both used everywhere throughout the U.S., the more commonly used word in the North Midland U.S. is bag and
in the South Midland is sack.