ditty bag


ditty bag
ditty bag (or box)
n.
[< ? obs. dutty, coarse calico, orig. Anglo-Ind, prob. < Hindi dhōtī, loincloth]
a small bag (or box) used as by sailors for holding sewing equipment, toilet articles, etc.

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  • Ditty-bag — Dit ty bag , n. A sailor s small bag to hold thread, needles, tape, etc.; also called {sailor s housewife}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ditty bag — 1850s nautical slang, perhaps from British naval phrase commodity bag …   Etymology dictionary

  • ditty bag — n. toiletry bag used by sailors and soldiers; photographer s accessory bag …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ditty bag — dit′ty bag n. a small bag used esp. by sailors to hold sewing implements, toiletries, etc • Etymology: 1855–60; of obscure orig …   From formal English to slang

  • ditty bag — /ˈdɪti bæg/ (say ditee bag) noun a bag used by sailors to hold personal effects. {? from the Manchester material dittis from which it was made} …   Australian English dictionary

  • ditty bag — (also ditty box) noun a receptacle for odds and ends, especially one used by sailors or fishermen. Origin C19: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • ditty-bag — n. (also ditty box) a sailor s or fisherman s receptacle for odds and ends. Etymology: 19th c.: orig. unkn …   Useful english dictionary

  • ditty bag — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1860 a bag used especially by sailors to hold small articles (as needles and thread) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ditty bag — a small bag used esp. by sailors to hold sewing implements, toiletries, etc. [1855 60; of obscure orig.] * * * …   Universalium

  • ditty bag — noun A small bag used to carry ones personal effects or toiletries while traveling …   Wiktionary