knap·​sack | \ ˈnap-ˌsak How to pronounce knapsack (audio) \

Definition of knapsack

: a bag (as of canvas or nylon) strapped on the back and used for carrying supplies or personal belongings

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knapsacked \ ˈnap-​ˌsakt How to pronounce knapsacked (audio) \ adjective

Examples of knapsack in a Sentence

grabbed my knapsack from the hook and ran to catch my ride
Recent Examples on the Web As night fell Friday, migrants tried to sleep on the Guatemala side of the bridge, heads propped on knapsacks, children lying on parents. Time, "Hundreds of Migrants Bound North Approach Guatemala-Mexico Border," 18 Jan. 2020 After getting the first samples of the bags — inspired by the rugged knapsacks and ponchos that soldiers used in World War II — Kaplan asked CCH to help him gather a focus group of homeless Chicagoans for lunch and a chat. Christopher Weingarten, Billboard, "Leader Of The Pak: Paradigm Agent Ron Kaplan Delivers Custom Backpacks to the Neediest Among Us," 10 Jan. 2020 The teens, vacationing in Italy on their own and staying in a posh hotel, were trying to get money and cocaine in return for stealing a knapsack, Gargaro said. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "Case of 2 U.S. teens jailed in Italy cop's killing takes another turn: Officer didn't have gun," 30 July 2019 Investigators said the two then snatched and ran off with the knapsack of the Italian man who had put them in contact with the dealer. Fox News, "San Francisco teens used 7-inch combat knife in alleged killing of unarmed Italian cop: police," 31 July 2019 Investigators said the two took the knapsack of an Italian man who had given them a contact to buy cocaine. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "Case of 2 U.S. teens jailed in Italy cop's killing takes another turn: Officer didn't have gun," 30 July 2019 From bright, bold colors and printed knapsacks to sleek leather pieces, there's an option for any type of personality and style. Teen Vogue, "19 Trendy Backpacks for the 2019 School Year," 5 Aug. 2019 But they were really known for that namesake character, the one with the top hat and a red knapsack over his shoulder., "Don Bolles files: Were the popular Hobo Joe's coffee shops connected to the Mafia?," 30 July 2019 In a statement, the Carabinieri contended that the Americans demanded cash and cocaine to return the knapsack. Frances D'emilio, The Denver Post, "American teens jailed in Italy in connection with policeman’s killing," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of knapsack

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of knapsack was in 1603

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19 Feb 2020

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“Knapsack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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knap·​sack | \ ˈnap-ˌsak How to pronounce knapsack (audio) \

Kids Definition of knapsack

: a bag for carrying things on the shoulders or back

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