Meaning of haversack in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhavəsak/

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  • A small, strong bag carried on the back or over the shoulder, used especially by soldiers and walkers.

    ‘They walked with their webbing packed full of ammunition and in their haversacks they carried five days' bully beef and biscuits and a minimum of personal gear.’
    • ‘Over one shoulder he carried a haversack full of food.’
    • ‘Wearing wool uniforms and carrying haversacks and rifles that can weigh up to 30 pounds, they will march for miles under an oftentimes blazing summer sun.’
    • ‘If you don't attend many conferences you won't have noticed that it seems to be fashionable to give out rucksacks, backpacks and haversacks as freebies to delegates.’
    • ‘She'd packed beef sandwiches for lunch, tomato sandwiches for tea and she put them in a haversack which I carried.’
    • ‘Putting the haversack onto her shoulders, she walked briskly down the street, turning the first corner she saw.’
    • ‘She stuck her head out of the stall to see Arlan in a sweeping black cloak, a haversack over his shoulder, a scowl on his face.’
    • ‘Haver is the Yorkshire dialect word for oats from which the cakes were made and could also be the origin of the word haversack, part of a soldier's equipment used for carrying a ration of oatmeal.’
    • ‘His shoulders ached from hauling the haversack filled with things unnecessary; his right arm felt strained from the weight of that rifle.’
    • ‘Yuen picked up his haversack and slung it between his shoulders, each strap resting on each blade.’
    • ‘He set out with few possessions - just a haversack, a pair of shorts and a couple of jumpers.’
    • ‘Each man had a blanket slung over the left shoulder, and carried a fair-leather bag or haversack.’
    • ‘Each soldier usually started a movement with three days of food, pre-cooked, in his haversack.’
    • ‘He reached into his haversack, broke off a small bit of the army's version of a cracker, put it in his mouth and began to chew.’
    knapsack, rucksack, backpack, pack, kitbag
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Late 17th century from French havresac, from obsolete German Hafersack, Habersack, denoting a bag used by soldiers to carry oats as horse feed, from Hafer, dialect Haber ‘oats’ + Sack ‘sack, bag’.