Knapsack meaning

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The definition of a knapsack is a bag for carrying supplies that is worn on the back.

An example of a knapsack is a schoolbag.

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A bag made of sturdy material and furnished with shoulder straps, designed for carrying articles on the back.
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A bag or case of leather, canvas, nylon, etc. worn on the back, as by soldiers or hikers, for carrying equipment or supplies.
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(US) A case of canvas or leather, for carrying items on the back.
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To go hiking while burdened with a knapsack, usually overnight (longer.)

My sleeping bag fell off my backpack into the water, while we were knapsacking up the mountain.

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Origin of knapsack

  • Probably Low German Knappsack knappen to bite (probably of imitative origin) Sack bag (from Middle Low German sak) (from Old High German sac) (from Late Latin saccus sack1)

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