- a bag, usually of leather or cloth, held in the hand or hung by a strap from the arm or shoulder and used, esp. by women, to carry money, keys, and personal effects
- a small suitcase or valise
- A woman's purse.
- A piece of small hand luggage.
(third-person singular simple present handbags, present participle handbagging, simple past and past participle handbagged)
- (UK, humorous) Figuratively, to hit with a handbag; to attack verbally or subject to criticism (used originally of Margaret Thatcher).