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baggage

[bag-ij] /ˈbæg ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
trunks, suitcases, etc., used in traveling; luggage.
2.
the portable equipment of an army.
3.
things that encumber one's freedom, progress, development, or adaptability; impediments:
intellectual baggage that keeps one from thinking clearly; neurotic conflicts that arise from struggling with too much emotional baggage.
4.
Archaic.
  1. a worthless woman.
  2. a prostitute or disreputable woman.
  3. Often Disparaging. a pert, playful young woman or girl:
    a pretty baggage; a saucy baggage.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English bagage < Middle French, equivalent to Old French bag(ues) bundles, packs (perhaps < Old Norse; see bag) + -age -age
Can be confused
bag, baggage, luggage, pack, sac, sack.
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Examples from the web for baggage
  • To add to your baggage woes, several airlines have established weight limits for carry-on luggage.
  • We had no baggage animals and no money to hire them.
  • You're the one candidate that is new, fresh, with no baggage.
  • Lots of grammatical baggage can be easily jettisoned.
  • Forgiveness is a way of letting go of baggage that weighs us down and prevents us from growing.
  • All the rest came from your own personal psychological baggage.
  • So, everyone is carrying around this cultural baggage.
  • The topic can't be intelligently discussed because of all the baggage brought in.
  • If you feel threatened by your ignorance, that is your baggage.
  • During that time, they may not have access to their carry-on baggage or hold personal items on their laps.
British Dictionary definitions for baggage

baggage

/ˈbæɡɪdʒ/
noun
1.
  1. suitcases, bags, etc, packed for a journey; luggage
  2. (mainly US & Canadian) (as modifier): baggage car
2.
an army's portable equipment
3.
(informal, old-fashioned)
  1. a pert young woman
  2. an immoral woman or prostitute
4.
(Irish, informal) a cantankerous old woman
5.
(informal) previous knowledge and experience that a person may use or be influenced by in new circumstances: cultural baggage
Word Origin
C15: from Old French bagage, from bague a bundle, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse baggibag
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Word Origin and History for baggage
n.

mid-15c., "portable equipment of an army; plunder, loot," from Old French bagage "baggage, (military) equipment" (14c.), from bague "pack, bundle, sack," ultimately from the same Scandinavian source that yielded bag (n.). Baggage-smasher (1851) was American English slang for "railway porter."

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Slang definitions & phrases for baggage

baggage

Related Terms

excess baggage


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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