bag lady


: a homeless woman who roams the streets of a city carrying her possessions in shopping bags

Examples of bag lady in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These are great expressive bags & pouches written and created by the original New York City bag lady, Pamela Barsky. ABC News, 16 Dec. 2022 The play is filled with outlandish characters — most conspicuously, Trudy, the bag lady, who has lost her mind and in the process has made contact with space aliens curious about higher consciousness on Earth. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2022 The choral ensembles were stirring and effective, especially those for the women portraying Verdi’s witches, depicted in this staging as like a sisterhood of frumpily dressed yet menacing bag ladies. New York Times, 26 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bag lady was in 1972

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Cite this Entry

“Bag lady.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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