bag lady


Definition of 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 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, "Review: Plácido Domingo Is Gone, but He Still Haunted ‘Macbeth’," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bag lady

1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Bag lady.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bag lady

: a homeless woman who walks around the streets of a city carrying her possessions in a bag

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