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bindle

[bin-dl] /ˈbɪn dl/
noun, Slang.
1.
a bundle, usually of bedding and other possessions, carried by a hobo.
Origin of bindle
1895-1900
1895-1900; probably akin to bundle; uncertain if < dialectal source or < German Bündel
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  • There, with her shoulders encased in a red flannel petticoat, stood Mrs. bindle.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • "It doesn't matter after he's here," Mrs. bindle responded sagely.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • As the milk manifested no particular excitement, bindle drew from his pocket the evening paper which, up to now, he had forgotten.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • bindle was conscious that he was on the eve of a crisis in his home life.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • "Wouldn't 'elp you much, ole son, if you did know it," said bindle with conviction.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • "Well," replied bindle, "it was an' it wasn't," and he explained how it had all come about.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • bindle slipped across the kitchen and stepped out into the passage.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • "Now I wonder wot 'e meant by that," murmured bindle to himself.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • Their first effort, however, clearly showed that Mrs. bindle's refreshments had taken the edge off their singing.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • Mr. Hearty looked at Mr. Gupperduck and Mr. Gupperduck looked at Mrs. bindle.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
Contemporary definitions for bindle
noun

a bundle, usually of bedding and other possessions, carried by a hobo; a blanket roll

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Word Origin and History for bindle
n.

"tramp's bundle," c.1900, perhaps from bundle (n.) or Scottish dialectal bindle "cord or rope to bind things." Related: Bindlestiff.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bindle

bindle

noun

  1. A blanket-roll holding one's possessions; balloon (1900+ Hoboes)
  2. Any package or bundle (1900+ Hoboes)
  3. A packet of narcotics, esp when folded as an envelope (1920+ Narcotics)

[probably an alteration of bundle]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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