Definition of haversack in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhavərˌsak/


A small, sturdy bag carried on the back or over the shoulder, used especially by soldiers and hikers.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Mid 18th century: from French havresac, from obsolete German Habersack, denoting a bag used by soldiers to carry oats as horse feed, from dialect Haber 'oats' + Sack 'sack, bag'.

  • This comes via French from obsolete German Habersack which described a bag used by soldiers to carry oats as horse feed. The word came from dialect Haber ‘oats’ and Sack ‘sack, bag’.

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Syllabification: hav·er·sack

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