carpetbagger

noun car·pet·bag·ger \ -ˌba-gər \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of carpetbagger

1 : a Northerner in the South after the American Civil War usually seeking private gain under the reconstruction governments
2 : outsider; especially : a nonresident or new resident who seeks private gain from an area often by meddling in its business or politics

carpetbaggery

play \-ˌba-g(ə-)rē\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of carpetbagger

from their carrying all their belongings in carpetbags

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CARPETBAGGER Defined for English Language Learners

carpetbagger

noun

Definition of carpetbagger for English Language Learners

  • : a person from the northern United States who went to the South after the American Civil War to make money

  • : a political candidate who runs for office in a place where he or she has lived only for a short time


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