baggage
Pronunciation
  • enPR: băg'ĭj, IPA: /ˈbæɡɪdʒ/
Noun

baggage (uncountable)

  1. (usually, uncountable) Luggage; traveling equipment
    Please put your baggage in the trunk.
  2. (uncountable, informal) Factors, especially psychological ones, which interfere with a person's ability to function effectively.
    This person has got a lot of emotional baggage.
  3. (obsolete, countable, pejorative) A woman.
    • 1936: Like the Phoenix by Anthony Bertram
      However, terrible as it may seem to the tall maiden sisters of J.P.'s in Queen Anne houses with walled vegetable gardens, this courtesan, strumpet, harlot, whore, punk, fille de joie, street-walker, this trollop, this trull, this baggage, this hussy, this drab, skit, rig, quean, mopsy, demirep, demimondaine, this wanton, this fornicatress, this doxy, this concubine, this frail sister, this poor Queenie--did actually solicit me, did actually say 'coming home to-night, dearie' and my soul was not blasted enough to call a policeman.
    • 1964: My Fair Lady (film)
      Shall we ask this baggage to sit down or shall we just throw her out of the window?
  4. (military, countable and uncountable) An army's portable equipment; its baggage train.
    • 2007, Norman Davies, No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939–1945, New York: Penguin, p 305:
      In Poland, for example, the unknown Bolesław Bierut, who appeared in 1944 in the baggage of the Red Army, and who played a prominent role as a ‘non-party figure’ in the Lublin Committee, turned out to be a Soviet employee formerly working for the Comintern.
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