Definition of Handbag

1. Noun. A container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women). "She reached into her bag and found a comb"

Exact synonyms: Bag, Pocketbook, Purse
Terms within: Clasp
Specialized synonyms: Clutch, Clutch Bag, Etui, Evening Bag, Reticule, Shoulder Bag
Generic synonyms: Container
Derivative terms: Bag

Definition of Handbag

1. Noun. (British and Canada) A small bag used by women (or sometimes by men) for carrying various small personal items. ¹

2. Verb. (British) (transitive humorous) Figuratively, to hit with a handbag; to attack verbally or subject to criticism (used originally of Margaret Thatcher). ¹

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Definition of Handbag

1. a small carrying bag [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Handbag

hand tool
hand tools
hand towel
hand truck
hand trucks
hand trunk
hand trunks
hand waving
hand wavy
hand wear
hand wringing
hand wringings
handbag (current term)
handbags at dawn
handball court

Literary usage of Handbag

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Principles of Therapeutics by Oliver Thomas Osborne (1921)
"The quinine tablet is for use as a placebo, when some treatment is necessary though medication is not needed. THE ALWAYS-READY handbag ..."

2. American Primary Teacher. (1897)
"Connect to show the relation of parts. 8. Draw a pattern of the handbag represented in sketch. 9. Conventionalize the blossom. Cardboard Helps Jn Teaching. ..."

3. Mathematical Construction, Informal Number Work for Busy Hands: Grades One by Nora Louise Laffin (1911)
"(6c worth.) If Fox's dish contains 2c worth, what does Stork's contain? (6' 2c worth or 12c worth.) LESSON XXV handbag—RULERS : 9"6"3"2"1". ..."

4. Naval Courts and Boards by United States Navy Dept (1917)
"... I purchased this leather handbag at Madame 's, together with several other articles "; which said testimony that stated, " I purchased this leather ..."

5. Retail Store Management by Paul Henry Nystrom (1917)
"The store had the policy of freely exchanging such goods, so the handbag was ... The salesperson tried to explain that the handbag must have been sold to ..."

6. Library of Southern Literature by Edwin Anderson Alderman, Joel Chandler Harris, Charles William Kent (1909)
"He threw open his ulster, revealing a small leather handbag, secured to his waist by a chain, such as is used by bank messengers. He opened the bag and took ..."

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