General English

  • adjective appearing too big for the person who is wearing them


  • noun (a devotee of) the Manchester music scene of the early 1990s. The so-called ‘baggy scene’ probably took its name from the very loose clothing affected by devotees of rave, acid house and indie subcultures.
  • noun an unfashionable, unattractive individual. In this pejorative sense the word, recorded among students and young adults since the later 1990s to refer to a supposed frump or drabbie, is either an elaboration of the colloquial ‘(old) bag’, influenced by the homely images of baggy cardigans and tweeds, or possibly by bag lady.