Definition of nunny bag in US English:

nunny bag

(also nonny bag, ninny bag)


  • A knapsack of sealskin, burlap, or canvas, used to carry supplies when hunting, sealing, etc.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in J. Beete Jukes (1811–1869), geologist. Origin uncertain. The second element is bag. The first element may be related to English and U.S. regional nunch lunch; compare nunch-bag, nunchy-bag small canvas bag used to carry food, recorded from the 20th cent. in Dict. Newfoundland Eng 354/2.


nunny bag

/ˈnʌni ˌbaɡ/