Haversack definition

hăvər-săk
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A bag carried over one shoulder to transport supplies, as on a hike.
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A canvas bag for carrying rations, etc., generally worn over one shoulder, as by soldiers or hikers.
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A small, strong bag carried on the back or the shoulder, usually with only one strap. Originally made of canvas.
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(archaic) Oat-sack, or nose-bag for a horse.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
haversack
Plural:
haversacks

Origin of haversack

  • French 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 sack1)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • [1749] From French havresac, from West Germanic *Hawersack (“oat sack”). See German Hafer, Dutch haver.

    From Wiktionary