Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



  • IPA(key): /ˈbæɡi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æɡi

Etymology 1[edit]

bag +‎ -y


baggy (comparative baggier, superlative baggiest)

  1. Of clothing, very loose-fitting, so as to hang away from the body.
    Synonyms: loose, saggy; see also Thesaurus:loose-fitting
  2. (music) Of or relating to a British music genre of the 1980s and 1990s, influenced by Madchester and psychedelia and associated with baggy clothing.
    • 2011 October 18, Jon Savage, “Stone Roses reunion: three baggy playlists”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Pop historian Jon Savage listens to the best of the Stone Roses and their contemporaries – from Baby Ford to the Sabres of Paradise – and creates the perfect set of baggy playlists
    • 2015 October 1, Tshepo Mokoena, “Swim Deep: Mothers review – baggy indie kids embrace psych-pop”, in The Guardian[2]:
      The Birmingham band – now a five-piece after multi-instrumentalist James Balmont joined them – have ditched the loose and baggy guitar pop of 2013’s Where the Heaven Are We? in favour of psych-pop that contorts itself into pulsing Balearic acid house and motorik rhythms.
  3. (figuratively) Of writing, etc.: overwrought; flabby; having too much padding.
    a baggy book
  • French: baggy


baggy (plural baggies)

  1. (UK) A member of the 1980/90s British music and fashion movement.
    • 1990, “Kinky Afro”, in Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches, performed by Happy Mondays:
      I said dad you're a shabby / You run around and groove like a baggy / You're only here just out of habit

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."
  2. Such a bag filled with marijuana.
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]



English baggy



baggy (plural baggys)

  1. baggy


baggy m (plural baggys)

  1. Loose-fitting trousers