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haversack

Syllabification: hav·er·sack
Pronunciation: /ˈhavərˌsak
 
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Definition of haversack in English:

noun

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.
Synonyms

Origin

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'.

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  • 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’.

Words that rhyme with haversack

cul-de-sachard tack

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