Definition of carpetbag in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkärpətˌbaɡ/


A traveling bag of a kind originally made of carpeting or carpetlike material.
Example sentences
  • ‘He's never told me,’ another voice spoke up and we turned to see Mai approaching, a small carpet bag slung over her shoulder.
  • Clutching her carpet bag tightly, Anne walked over to a nearby motel.
  • Following that, she wrapped a thin cloak around her shoulders, picked up the carpet bag into which she had stuffed some clothing and slipped out into the freezing night.


[no object]
Act as a carpetbagger: (as adjective carpetbagging) rich, carpetbagging developers
More example sentences
  • Her carpet-bagging defeat of an unready, ill-prepared opponent may have proved her electability, but it was a risk-free run in one of the most left-liberal states in the country.
  • Marc McSharry and Barry Duignan play the debonair students, Michael Roper the money-chasing, carpet-bagging uncle.
  • It is also caught between the worst of two political systems: a corrupt, crippled and haltingly reactive Federation and carpet-bagging capitalism.

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Syllabification: car·pet·bag

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