1. The trunks, bags, parcels, and suitcases in which one carries one's belongings while traveling; luggage.
2. The movable equipment and supplies of an army.
3. Emotions or thoughts that stem from painful or unpleasant past experiences and that affect one's outlook or behavior: "I lugged a considerable amount of psychological baggage from my adolescence" (Stephen S. Hall).
a. A woman prostitute.
b. A girl or young woman, especially one is who impudent.
[Middle English bagage, from Old French bague, bundle, perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse baggi, bag, bundle. Sense 4, perhaps from French bagasse, from Provençal bagassa, ultimately from Arabic baġī, prostitute, from baġā, to fornicate; see bġy in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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