meaning of carpetbag

carpetbag meaning in General Dictionary

A portable case for people so called because originally made of carpeting

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  • following the methods or characteristic of carpetbaggers
  • presumptuously searching for success or a situation in a brand new locality
  • taking a trip bag made of carpeting; widely used in 19th century
  • A portable bag for tourists; -- so called because originally made of carpet.

carpetbag meaning in Etymology Dictionary

also carpet-bag, "soft-cover taking a trip instance manufactured from carpeting textile," 1830, from carpeting (letter.) + bag (n.).