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haversack

[hav-er-sak] /ˈhæv ərˌsæk/
noun
1.
a single-strapped bag worn over one shoulder and used for carrying supplies.
2.
a soldier's bag for rations, extra clothing, etc.
Origin of haversack
1740-1750
1740-50; earlier havresack < French havresac < German Habersack, equivalent to Haber oats (compare dialectal English haver < Old Norse hafrar oats) + Sack sack1
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Examples from the Web for haversack
Historical Examples
  • I know George has a snack stowed away in his haversack right now.

    Great Hike Alan Douglas
  • The knapsack was heavy, the haversack was heavy, the musket was heavy.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Davy was thrusting several more rolls of films in his haversack.

  • Edward emptied them into the haversack he carried and went on to the next.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • When I got back to the company I shared out the contents of my haversack, and when we marched that night it was empty.

  • Edward returned to the front, gave up his haversack, and got another.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • In a moment there was a man at every hill, digging away with his bayonet, and chucking the tempting tubers into his haversack.

  • There is some cold meat in my haversack, if you are hungry; but I am too tired to eat.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • A solid shot cut Corporal Goddard's haversack from his saddle without injuring the corporal or his horse.

    A Boy Trooper With Sheridan Stanton P. Allen
  • Each scout had his staff in his hand, and carried a haversack on his back.

British Dictionary definitions for haversack

haversack

/ˈhævəˌsæk/
noun
1.
a canvas bag for provisions or equipment, carried on the back or shoulder
Word Origin
C18: from French havresac, from German Habersack oat bag, from Old High German habaro oats + Sacksack1
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Word Origin and History for haversack
n.

1749, from French havresac (1670s), from Low German hafersach "cavalry trooper's bag for horse provender," literally "oat sack," from the common Germanic word for "oat" (see haver (n.1)) + sack (n.1)).

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