Definition of rucksack in English:



  • A bag with shoulder straps that allow it to be carried on someone's back, typically made of a strong, waterproof material and widely used by hikers; a backpack.

    • ‘He was carrying a small rucksack and a small green carrier bag.’
    • ‘He's carrying a rucksack and all these little plastic bags and a penknife.’
    • ‘I came to the city centre with one hold-all and a small bag, and went away with two hold-alls, three bags and two rucksacks!’
    • ‘Police released CCTV footage of the four men, who were carrying large rucksacks, in a bid to eliminate them from the inquiry.’
    • ‘He has blue eyes, short dark hair and wore a black top and cycling shorts and carried a rucksack.’
    • ‘He was wearing a green jacket and dark coloured waterproof trousers and had been carrying a grey rucksack.’
    • ‘On the other side, the backpackers, tanned and fit, casually shoulder their rucksacks and adjust their sunglasses.’
    • ‘In addition, no bags, rucksacks & backpacks larger than eight inches square will be allowed beyond the ticketing and security checkpoints or into the grounds of the Belfry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She found a small hollow, pulled out her sleeping bag, used the rucksack as a pillow and tried to get some sleep.’
    • ‘Group members also helped out one of their number who picked up an injury on the second day, carrying his rucksack the rest of the way.’
    • ‘Airmen each carried rucksacks laden with more than 120 pounds of food and water expecting to be in the area for five days.’
    • ‘Most use a small rucksack that carries everything including food, drink, clothing, bait and tackle.’
    • ‘Last May they started training again, yomping up hills carrying loaded rucksacks.’
    • ‘After a gap of three hours there was a further sighting of the men, all wearing trainers and T-shirts and two carrying rucksacks, at Baker Street station.’
    • ‘Eye witnesses said the perpetrators were carrying rucksacks.’
    • ‘Modern rucksacks and sports bags no longer look like simple nylon sacks anymore.’
    • ‘Trekking is not just about carrying a rucksack and wandering around the mountains.’
    • ‘She hung the rucksack on her shoulder and walked slowly down the familiar paths she had passed before.’
    • ‘Once all the cash has been collected, it will also be used to purchase necessary items such as rucksacks to carry the equipment, training manuals and oxygen cylinders.’
    suitcase, case, valise, portmanteau, holdall, carryall, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, gladstone bag, carpet bag
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Mid 19th century: from German, from rucken (dialect variant of Rücken ‘back’) + Sack ‘bag, sack’.