haversack
noun Etymology: French havresac, from German Habersack bag for oats, from Haber oats + Sack bag Date: 1749 a bag similar to a knapsack but worn over one shoulder

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  • Haversack — Hav er*sack (h[a^]v [ e]r*s[a^]k), n. [F. havresac, G. habersack, sack for oats. See 2d {Haver}, and {Sack} a bag.] [1913 Webster] 1. A bag for oats or oatmeal. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] 2. A bag or case, usually of stout cloth, in which a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • haversack — (n.) 1749, from Fr. havresac (1670s), from Low Ger. hafersach cavalry trooper s bag for horse provender, lit. oat sack, from the common Germanic word for oat (see HAVER (Cf. haver) (1) + SACK (Cf. sack) (n.1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • haversack — ► NOUN ▪ a small, stout bag carried on the back or over the shoulder. ORIGIN obsolete German Habersack, denoting a bag used to carry oats as horse feed, from dialect Haber oats + Sack sack, bag …   English terms dictionary

  • haversack — [hav′ər sak΄] n. [Fr havresac < Ger habersack, lit., sack of oats < haber (now hafer < LowG), akin to E dial. haver, oats (? orig. “goat food” < IE base * kapro > L caper, goat) + Ger sack, SACK1] a canvas bag for carrying rations …   English World dictionary

  • Haversack — A haversack is a bag, carried by a single shoulder strap. Although similar to a backpack the single shoulder strap differentiates this type from normal backpacks.In Australia, the word haversack is often used to describe any backpack …   Wikipedia

  • haversack — UK [ˈhævə(r)ˌsæk] / US [ˈhævərˌsæk] noun [countable] Word forms haversack : singular haversack plural haversacks British old fashioned a large bag that you carry on your back or over one shoulder, for example when you go walking or camping …   English dictionary

  • haversack — [18] Etymologically, a haversack is a ‘bag for oats’. The word comes via French havresac from German habersack, a compound formed from the now dialectal haber ‘oats’ and sack ‘bag’. This denoted originally a bag used in the army for feeding oats… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • haversack — [[t]hæ̱və(r)sæk[/t]] haversacks N COUNT A haversack is a canvas bag that is usually worn over one shoulder. [mainly BRIT] …   English dictionary

  • haversack — [18] Etymologically, a haversack is a ‘bag for oats’. The word comes via French havresac from German habersack, a compound formed from the now dialectal haber ‘oats’ and sack ‘bag’. This denoted originally a bag used in the army for feeding oats… …   Word origins

  • haversack — /hav euhr sak /, n. 1. a single strapped bag worn over one shoulder and used for carrying supplies. 2. a soldier s bag for rations, extra clothing, etc. [1740 50; earlier havresack < F havresac < G Habersack, equiv. to Haber oats (cf. dial. E… …   Universalium

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