brown bagger

brown bagger

Someone who brings in his or her own packed lunch each day, as for work or school. The brown baggers of the office always go out to the park to eat on nice days.
See also: bagger, brown

brown bagger

A person who brings his or her own supplies, as in The architects of the new office designed a space for brown baggers to eat lunch. The term originated in the 1930s in Britain for very serious students who carried their books about with them in brown briefcases or bags. That usage crossed the Atlantic within a few decades. However, in America from the 1960s on, it has primarily been used for persons who brought their own liquor in a brown paper bag, either legitimately or surreptitiously, to a public place or restaurant not licensed to sell it, or for those who took their lunch to work.
See also: bagger, brown
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Interestingly, there are also fewer names to specify a husband than wife--hubby, old man, brown bagger, and breadwinner.
According to the Barometer, nearly two-thirds of brown baggers cite "affordability" and "convenience" at the top of their list when choosing foods for their packed lunches.
29 per sandwich, brown baggers can save an average of 46 percent versus dining out, according to Yankelovich Dollars & Sense (3).
She was a member of the Southbridge Retired Teachers Association; a member of the Brown Baggers of Brimfield and a member of Women in Business of the tri-community area.
Although many of the Wellness Committee's guidelines dealt with hot lunches and vending machine fare, it issued healthy snacking suggestions, many of which apply to brown baggers.
These days, modern brown baggers arrive to school and work toting sack lunches in vessels worthy of the fashion pages.
Complete with lawn furniture, the park has become a favorite spot for mid-day brown baggers from nearby office buildings and for outdoor entertainment and special events.
Although in 1984, seven out of 10 brown baggers carried sandwiches, today only a little more than half do, according to the NPD Group.