car·​pet·​bag | \ ˈkär-pət-ˌbag How to pronounce carpetbag (audio) \

Definition of carpetbag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a traveler's bag made of carpet and widely used in the U.S. in the 19th century


variants: or carpetbagging \ ˈkär-​pət-​ˌba-​giŋ How to pronounce carpetbagging (audio) \

Definition of carpetbag (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of carpetbaggers a carpetbag government

Examples of carpetbag in a Sentence

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Mary’s seemingly bottomless carpetbag purse is one of the first tricks on display. Matthew J. Palm,, "How St. Luke’s puts the magic in ‘Mary Poppins’," 13 Aug. 2019 When the boy went to the room of his father, Lincoln immediately asked for his carpetbag., "WHEN LINCOLN LOST INAUGURAL ADDRESS," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of carpetbag


1829, in the meaning defined above


1870, in the meaning defined above

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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