I have seen bags labeled "crib bags" on Australian websites. I never really understand what they are precisely or whether "crib" refers to the material or the shape of the bag.

It seems the bags that fall under this category range from satchels, to tool bags, to carryalls (holdalls in BrE.) For example this site specializes in them. What exactly is a crib bag? And what does "crib" refer to?

(source: ruggedxtremes.com)

  • 1
    Can you maybe find a definition of crib bag? That might answer the question or at least help us to help you.
    – David M
    Commented Oct 2, 2019 at 22:50
  • @DavidM Well, I posted the question exactly because I am not able to find a definition. Otherwise I would know what it is.
    – Eddie Kal
    Commented Oct 2, 2019 at 22:51
  • 1
    Lexico: Crib Read entry number 6, might shed some light.
    – David M
    Commented Oct 2, 2019 at 22:52
  • 1
    "Constructed from hard-wearing canvas with internal and external pockets for your consumables" From the description of the tool bag in your picture. They're saying it's a tool and lunch bag. The larger tool bag doesn't have the same distinction.
    – David M
    Commented Oct 2, 2019 at 23:03
  • 3
    I posted a related question english.stackexchange.com/q/514402/59527
    – David M
    Commented Oct 2, 2019 at 23:16

2 Answers 2


From Macquarie Dictionary


  1. bag used to contain one's lunch items: Did you bring your crib?

  2. the lunch so contained; a packed lunch.

  3. lunch time.

enter image description here

CribBags.com - Small Crib Bag, Black & Red

As to its origin, the English Dialect Dictionary is silent. However, in all likelihood it is the same word as "crib" meaning: (originally) a barred receptacle for fodder, a baby's bed, a cabin, a hovel.


I think I have the perfect answer for this old topic.

Crib bags are an essential element in the toolkit of every miner, assisting the easy and secure transportation of essential mining items from water bottles to crib containers to and from the mine site.

Source: https://gijaru.com/blogs/news/what-is-a-crib-bag-the-ultimate-mining-companion

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.