knapsack

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

Definition of knapsack

: a bag (as of canvas or nylon) strapped on the back and used for carrying supplies or personal belongings : backpack sense 1a(2) But the 12-year-olds were dumping landslides of books into knapsacks and getting ready to leave, and all I could do was follow them out through the turnstiles and into the start of another summer.— Meg Wolitzer He had a Polaroid camera around his neck and a knapsack on his back.— Brian Selznick

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Other Words from knapsack

knapsacked \ ˈnap-​ˌsakt How to pronounce knapsack (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 Angered by the swindle, the tourists snatched the knapsack of the deal’s alleged go-between and demanded their money back in exchange for returning the bag, with the go-between’s cell phone inside, the prosecution alleged. NBC News, 18 Mar. 2022 Angered by the swindle, the tourists snatched the knapsack of the deal's alleged go-between and demanded their money back in exchange for returning the bag, with the go-between's cell phone inside, the prosecution alleged. Frances D'emilio, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2022 Parts of the skeleton's armor, along with weapons and a leather knapsack, survived nearly 2,000 years of burial. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2021 These delicacies—wild-cherry-and-rhubarb pasties, plump whortleberry pies, potato-and-mushroom turnovers—make an appearance at every feast, and in every traveller’s knapsack. Ruby Tandoh, The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2021 The gentleman with the big mustache and the turquoise knapsack walks by and looks at you again. Emma Rathbone, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2021 The man fills up a knapsack with American groceries and candy. NBC News, 20 Aug. 2021 The boy became a courier for Mildred, moving briskly around Berlin under her strict orders, incriminating documents tucked in books in his blue knapsack. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Aug. 2021 If your child is a succulent lover, they'll be thrilled with this knapsack. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of knapsack

1599, 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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16 Apr 2022

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“Knapsack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knapsack. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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knapsack

noun
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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