Definition of knapsack
: a bag (as of canvas or nylon) strapped on the back and used for carrying supplies or personal belongings
knapsackedplay \ˈnap-ˌsakt\ adjective
Examples of knapsack in a Sentence
grabbed my knapsack from the hook and ran to catch my ride
Recent Examples of knapsack from the Web
The straps of a knapsack are visible on his shoulders.
The sound of one phone not ringing: Cell phones were turned off and remained hooked to belts or stowed in knapsacks for most of the weekend.
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Origin and Etymology of knapsack
Low German knappsack or Dutch knapzak, from Low German & Dutch knappen to make a snapping noise, eat + Low German sack or Dutch zak sack
First Known Use: 1603See Words from the same year
KNAPSACK Defined for Kids
Definition of knapsack for Students
: a bag for carrying things on the shoulders or back
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