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Etymology 1[edit]

bag +‎ -y


baggy (comparative baggier, superlative baggiest)

  1. Of clothing, very loose-fitting, so as to hang away from the body.
  2. Of or relating to a British music genre of the 1980s and 1990s, influenced by Madchester and psychedelia and associated with baggy clothing.
  3. Of writing, etc.: overwrought; flabby; having too much padding.
    a baggy book

Etymology 2[edit]

Presumably back-formation from baggies (the plural), presumably a genericization of the brand name Baggies.

Alternative forms[edit]


baggy (plural baggies)

  1. A small plastic bag, as for sandwiches.
    • 2008 March 6, Kristen Hinmen, "News Real: Seeing Red", Riverfront Times volume 32 number 10, page 10,
      In an accompanying affidavit, Apazeller reported that Onstott "has entered the kitchen with a handful of cocaine and asked for a plastic baggy."

Usage notes[edit]

  • In British and Canadian colloquial usage (from at least the early 1980s) this especially applies to small self-sealing sandwich or freezer bags used for illicit purposes.

See also[edit]



baggy (plural baggys)

  1. baggy


baggy m (plural baggys)

  1. Loose-fitting trousers