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)

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    Can you maybe find a definition of crib bag? That might answer the question or at least help us to help you.
    – David M
    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
    Oct 2, 2019 at 22:51
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    Lexico: Crib Read entry number 6, might shed some light.
    – David M
    Oct 2, 2019 at 22:52
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    "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
    Oct 2, 2019 at 23:03
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    I posted a related question english.stackexchange.com/q/514402/59527
    – David M
    Oct 2, 2019 at 23:16

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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.

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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.

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