a canvas bag for carrying rations, etc., generally worn over one shoulder, as by soldiers or hikers
Origin of haversackFrench havresac from German habersack, literally , sack of oats from haber (now hafer from LowG), akin to eastern; English dialect, dialectal haver, oats (? origin, originally “goat food” from Indo-European base an unverified form kapro- from source Classical Latin caper, goat) + German sack, sack
A bag carried over one shoulder to transport supplies, as on a hike.
Origin of haversackFrench havresac from obsolete German Habersack German dialectal Haber oats ( from Middle High German habere ) ( from Old High German habaro )German Sack bag ( from Middle High German sac ) ( from Old High German) ( from Latin saccus ; see sack 1. )