Definition of bag lady in English:

bag lady

noun

informal
  • A homeless woman who carries her possessions around in shopping bags.

    • ‘Don't let the infamous bag lady distract your attention from the real issues.’
    • ‘You could also call the local bag lady who camps in the park a ‘free spirit.’’
    • ‘You know how it goes, some incongruity makes you laugh, you press post & publish, you go away, you come back, you re-read your own stuff, you realise that you will have to go away forever and live out your shameful days as a bag lady.’
    • ‘Streep has never been interested in her own glamour; pushed to name a favourite movie, she picks Ironweed, in which she played a bag lady.’
    • ‘Then there was me, the bag lady, walking the corridors backstage in a dress that required the halter-necked bra I'd left in the top left hand drawer at home, mumbling my words over and over, only to get them wrong again at the dress rehearsal.’
    • ‘A bag lady approaches a stranger and says: You gotta stop lyin’ to people.’
    • ‘In Home Alone 2 the bag lady took the place of the old man.’
    • ‘On the way back to the hotel, I passed the bag lady outside Raffles.’
    • ‘In recent years she has played roles you might expect of a septuagenarian: Oberon's mother in The Faerie Queen and a bag lady in La Bohème.’
    • ‘OK, it takes a modicum of skill to get this look right without looking like a bag lady - of which more later - but let's take a minute to rejoice. Could this be a turning point?’
    • ‘Your hair is so greasy and gnarled, with that outfit, you look like a bag lady!’
    • ‘Over time we keep adding more stuff, and we are afraid to let go of any of it, just like a bag lady with her shopping cart.’
    • ‘Instead we get Johnny Depp's ‘Pirate of the Caribbean,’ a cross between a camp Cockney and the bag lady from Mary Poppins.’
    • ‘If you are a bag lady living on the streets, it's an advantage.’
    • ‘I'm pregnant, and, after the first three months of lies and definitely no Lycra, I have been determined to enjoy it - ideally without turning into an elastic-waisted bag lady en route.’
    • ‘A bag lady appeared from nowhere, a classic prototype - obese, torn clothes, footwear beyond its last legs.’
    • ‘Halprin appeared in the guise of a better-off bag lady with a substantial suitcase instead of shopping bags.’
    • ‘Reader, like a gomi boy or a bag lady, stumbles into territory of his own creation and finds himself defined, not as self, but as everything else.’
    • ‘Sure, I'm not going anywhere, but still there is a sense of subtle shame in dressing like a bag lady even if no-one's looking.’
    • ‘She has appeared as various goofy characters, including a bag lady and a humourless academic, at Kiss My Cabaret (currently on hiatus for the summer, much to the chagrin of the regulars).’
    tramp, drifter, down-and-out, derelict, beggar, itinerant, wanderer, nomad, wayfarer, traveller, gypsy, rover, vagabond, transient, migrant, homeless person, beachcomber, person of no fixed abode, person of no fixed address, knight of the road, bird of passage, rolling stone
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Pronunciation

bag lady