carpetbagger definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- any of the Northern politicians or adventurers who went South to take advantage of unsettled conditions after the Civil War: contemptuous term with reference to the luggage they used in traveling light
- any politician, promoter, etc. from the outside whose influence is resented
carpetbagger definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A Northerner who went to the South after the Civil War for political or financial advantage.
- An outsider, especially a politician, who presumptuously seeks a position or success in a new locality.
Origin: So called because they carried their belongings in carpetbags.
- carˈpet·bagˌger·y noun
carpetbagger - Business Definition
A newcomer or outsider who seeks influence or other personal gain. Carpetbaggers are often resented by others and may be perceived to lack long-term commitment. For example, an investor or group of investors acquire an initial stake in a business in an effort to overhaul the firm's finances and operations before selling the stake to others at a profit. The term originated during the Civil War when Northerners moved to the South in order to profit from reconstruction.