Definition of backpack in US English:

backpack

noun

  • 1A bag with shoulder straps that allow it to be carried on one's back.

    • ‘We all dumped our backpacks and duffel bags in the shady grass.’
    • ‘She nodded her head sleepily and clutched the backpack to her chest.’
    • ‘Hundreds of aliens Eric's age crowded the marketplace, all of them carrying bags, suitcases, backpacks and trunks.’
    • ‘We were carrying cave gear, several backpacks and clothes.’
    • ‘On larger backpacks, they support the pack's weight on the hip bones.’
    • ‘A second later, she walked out with two duffel bags and her backpack.’
    • ‘Our plan is to pick up two 24-packs of water bottles in a store in Sydney, and we'll all carry twelve in our backpacks.’
    • ‘We shouldered our backpacks and set out up a steep hill in the direction of some thick green woods.’
    • ‘He walked to the rounded crown of the hill, he procured a metal box from his backpack, unhooking it from a solar battery, and set it down on the earth.’
    • ‘The collection offers giant backpacks and duffel-type bags rather than structured cases.’
    • ‘The heat, on top of this, was unbearable as we lugged camera bags and purses and backpacks around.’
    • ‘Snap hooks at each end of the sling attach to the sling swivels, allowing the rifle to be securely carried like a backpack.’
    • ‘Fans will be prohibited from bringing coolers, backpacks, chairs, luggage, and duffel bags onto the premises.’
    • ‘Usually, official walkers have to complete the walk wearing full uniform and carrying a backpack as well as walking an extra 10 km a day.’
    • ‘The sobbing girl turned around and ran out of the room leaving her backpack and hand bag behind with the surprised young man.’
    • ‘They carried each other's backpacks and rifles when they were injured or exhausted in training, and grew to develop a deep bond that would stand the tests of time even when later they would choose to live in two separate lands.’
    • ‘As for mud, he travels the world with a lump of it in his backpack to make wall pieces for galleries from Amsterdam to New York.’
    • ‘On the last day of August, he walked across the river, and spent the last of his money on a new backpack and sleeping bag.’
    • ‘Carrying laden backpacks, the family did the typical student trail of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour, before heading out to New Zealand and Lord of the Rings territory.’
    • ‘I try to take only the smallest backpack - just hand luggage if possible - and few clothes or possessions.’
    • ‘Apart from our tours, we sell hiking and adventure equipment such as tents, sleeping bags and backpacks.’
    • ‘They are adding the last pieces to their backpacks and training has intensified in the last few weeks for the athletes.’
    • ‘And she grabbed her duffel bag and her backpack and hopped out, hoping that she could become invisible in three seconds.’
    • ‘She tightened her grip on her backpack and turned around slowly.’
    • ‘Stopping in the middle of the path, they opened their backpacks and allowed a bit of food to tumble out.’
    • ‘And my back ached from carrying a thirty-five-pound backpack around for a week.’
    • ‘There he had installed his sleeping bag, his backpack with essentials, and his flute.’
    • ‘Then the lock clicks, the door opens, the backpacks and duffel bags drop on the floor, and not long after that, you hear the zipping again.’
    • ‘I like to wear my big hiker's backpack on the crowded trains because I smash people in the face from behind without even feeling it.’
    • ‘Our luggage was transferred between hotels, leaving us with only backpacks to carry.’
    • ‘Several younger women also started wearing bum-bags and several sported backpacks.’
    • ‘They tackled between 30 and 50 kilometres each day in camouflage uniforms while carrying 10 kg backpacks through the towns around Nijmegen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We would return home in the evenings and find remnants of bin bags and backpacks.’
    • ‘After some hard debate, they decided to take full backpacks, with sleeping bags, a stove, a shovel, and two days' worth of food.’
    • ‘Carrying a waterproof backpack for your camera and other delicate goods, with perhaps a spare t-shirt thrown in, is advisable.’
    • ‘In fact, it is small enough to easily carry in a backpack should you prefer to hike in a ways and not only enjoy a day of shooting but to also record results at the same time.’
    • ‘Their leaking backpacks trailed sleeping bags and blankets, and one had a scruffy dog.’
    • ‘To my mortification, my backpack is being carried by a kid who looks all of 10 years old.’
    • ‘Andy has hidden a 15-pound rock in my backpack, which I carry uphill for two hours before discovering it.’
    suitcase, case, valise, portmanteau, holdall, carryall, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, gladstone bag, carpet bag
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    1. 1.1 A load or piece of equipment carried on a person's back.
      ‘a two-tank scuba backpack’
      • ‘I have always traveled with my gear in a plastic trunk, a scuba backpack, or suitcase and nobody has questioned it.’
      • ‘I was carrying my daughter in her backpack when we visited as she was only quite small and her language abilities didn't match her ambitions.’
      • ‘It's made from a fire extinguisher, a scuba backpack, and a sixties gold-fleck motorcycle helmet.’
      • ‘A guy jumps out of the fire truck wearing what looks like a space suit, a breathing cylinder and mask attached and what looks like a scuba backpack on with a large hose attached.’
      • ‘There are spotty wellies, hairy boots, bags, long coats, gilets, hats and warm gear for babies along with backpacks to carry them in.’
      • ‘You can also establish certain wanzers as support units, such as repair backpacks to ‘heal’ allies or EMP backpacks to jam enemy equipment.’
      • ‘As well as broadcasters in the commentary boxes there will be half a dozen radio engineers carrying backpacks within a half a mile radius accompanying the presenters to broadcast the reaction of the crowds on the ground.’

verb

[no object]usually as noun backpacking
  • Travel or hike carrying one's belongings in a backpack.

    ‘a week's backpacking in the Pyrenees’
    ‘he has backpacked around the world’
    • ‘David learnt of the organisation when backpacking around Romania and saw the work that they were doing and was keen to help.’
    • ‘They take up less room than other foods and don't weigh you down - an important factor when backpacking.’
    • ‘When backpacking, you are in the best possible position to meet new, interesting and often wonderful people, and to visit places likewise.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a 23-year-old Tadcaster man has died in a freak road accident while backpacking in Australia.’
    • ‘I went backpacking, but I got a free car and a beautiful house into the bargain and because of the kind of film it was, I got to travel all over New Zealand.’
    • ‘They will be backpacking and trekking for six to eight hours a day most days, so they need a good level of fitness.’
    • ‘The average age was about thirty and a lot were travelers backpacking around the world.’
    • ‘For many graduates, university was three years of partying and backpacking, interrupted only by the occasional lecture.’
    • ‘Blue water sailing is as different from coastal sailing as a Himalayan expedition is from backpacking in the Rockies.’
    • ‘When I did about 30 flights in a row while backpacking in my early twenties, I hardly ever bothered to lock my bags.’
    • ‘She graduated in 1995 and then went backpacking through Africa.’
    • ‘For awhile this was fine. I mean, people grow and I wanted to get back to hiking and backpacking.’
    • ‘Upon arriving in Copenhagen, I was burned out from backpacking and looking forward to a good nap.’
    • ‘Besides, there is also backpacking and camping out and an opportunity to contribute towards an ongoing local project with the community.’
    • ‘Sam spent six months backpacking in Australia after her degree, then worked as assistant marketing manager at a vehicle parts firm near Leeds.’
    • ‘Brad built it to mimic the old growth forests he admired while hiking and backpacking as a kid.’
    • ‘Things don't always go to plan when you are backpacking.’
    • ‘Of course, the reality is that unless I devote my life to backpacking, I'm unlikely to reach more than a fraction of these destinations.’
    • ‘I met a couple who were from Chester, England and they were backpacking around Oz.’
    • ‘When backpacking, carrying your own towel is always a plus.’
    journey, tour, take a trip, go on a trip, voyage, go on an expedition, go on an excursion, go sightseeing, globetrot
    journeys, expeditions, trips, tours, excursions, voyages, treks, safaris, odysseys, pilgrimages, jaunts
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Pronunciation

backpack

/ˈbakˌpak//ˈbækˌpæk/