Definition of duffel bag in US English:

duffel bag

noun

  • A cylindrical canvas bag closed by a drawstring and carried over the shoulder.

    • ‘He stood up and threw his duffel bag onto his shoulder, and followed the smell.’
    • ‘He was carrying a black duffel bag that she had noticed after they had hid in the back yard.’
    • ‘She sighed as she began to walk again, shifting her duffel bag to the other shoulder.’
    • ‘Jasmin stood in front of Jesse's house with a duffel bag strapped over her shoulder.’
    • ‘Bobby took the suitcase and the duffel bag from her and tossed them in the wagon.’
    • ‘The fifteen year old packed his favorite CDs in a hidden pouch in his duffel bag.’
    • ‘She had her guitar case rested against the signpost and a huge duffel bag was slung over one shoulder.’
    • ‘Witnesses say a man parked the car early this morning, then grabbed a duffel bag and bolted.’
    • ‘He picked up his duffel bag that was near the door and carried it to the cab.’
    • ‘Luke nearly bumped into a girl carrying a big duffel bag coming out of an alley.’
    • ‘He slung his duffel bag over one shoulder and turned to Raine who had put on a long wooly striped scarf.’
    • ‘She was carrying a suitcase, a duffel bag, and a plastic bag that he could see held her shampoo.’
    • ‘In one media report, a ramp worker was even caught with a duffel bag of ammunition and a gun at work.’
    • ‘Lee starts to leave the school playground with his duffel bag upon his shoulder.’
    • ‘The long duffel bag over her shoulder was covered in a plastic sheet, the only dry thing she had.’
    • ‘I put my purse down on the bed and took my duffel bag and backpack from Trevor.’
    • ‘He had a duffel bag over his shoulder, and was attempting to walk down the stairs.’
    • ‘Seriously, can you think of any legitimate reason for carrying an obscene amount of money in a duffel bag?’
    • ‘I slung my sleeping bag over my shoulder, picked up my duffel bag and headed outside.’
    • ‘She and Aaron left Caleb alone for a few minutes to get situated and unpack his duffel bag and suitcase.’
    suitcase, case, valise, portmanteau, holdall, carryall, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, gladstone bag, carpet bag
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Origin

Early 20th century (originally US): from duffel (sense 2), originally denoting a bag for equipment.

Pronunciation

duffel bag

/ˈdəfəl ˌbæɡ/