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From back +‎ pack.


  • IPA(key): /ˈbæk.pæk/
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backpack (plural backpacks)

  1. A knapsack, sometimes mounted on a light frame, but always supported by straps, worn on a person’s back for the purpose of carrying things, especially when hiking, or on a student's back when carrying books.
    • 2011, Thelma J. Miller, What's in Your Backpack?, page 8:
      Rachel discovered that she could also keep things in her backpack that were important to her, nobody would know about them because they would be hidden. These important things included a small round rock that she had found []
    • 2022 November 30, Paul Bigland, “Destination Oban: a Sunday in Scotland”, in RAIL, number 971, page 77:
      Many seats carry reservation labels, while the luggage racks are festooned with backpacks and suitcases.
  2. A similarly placed item containing a parachute or other life-support equipment.



  • creel (shoulder-slung types)

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backpack (third-person singular simple present backpacks, present participle backpacking, simple past and past participle backpacked)

  1. (intransitive) To hike and camp overnight in backcountry with one's gear carried in a backpack.
  2. (intransitive) To engage in low-cost, generally urban, travel with minimal luggage and frugal accommodation.
  3. (transitive, rare) To place or carry (an item or items) in a backpack.
    • 2020, Akara September 2020 Magazine, page 103:
      I planned to go to jungle today and backpacked my things which contained [sic] food and a note book.

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