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Dictionary Definition

baggy adj : not fitting closely; hanging loosely; "baggy trousers"; "a loose-fitting blouse is comfortable in hot weather" [syn: loose-fitting] [also: baggiest, baggier]

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Etymology 1


  1. Of clothing, very loose-fitting, so as to hang away from the body.

Etymology 2

Presumably (the plural), presumably a genericization of the brand name Baggies.

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  1. A small plastic bag, as for sandwiches.
    • 2008 March 6, Kristen Hinmen, "News Real: Seeing Red", ''Riverfront Times volume 32 number 10, page 10,
      In an accompanying affidavit, Apazeller reported that Onstott "has entered the kitchen with a handful of cocaine and asked for a plastic baggy."

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Extensive Definition

Baggy was a British dance-oriented music genre popular in the early 1990s.
The scene was extremely influenced by Madchester, although the scene was not geographically confined to Manchester. Many Madchester bands could also be described as Baggy, and vice versa. Baggy was characterised by psychedelia- and acid house-influenced guitar music, often with a funky drummer beat, similar to the work of the Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses. The scene was named after the loose-fitting clothing worn by the bands and fans.
Some bands, such as the The Mock Turtles and The Soup Dragons, reinvented their sound and image to fit in with the new scene. This led some critics to accuse baggy bands of bandwagon-jumping and derivative songwriting. There was also a crossover between dance and indie, and vice versa.
Bands in the indie-dance era of pop music can be divided into two camps; the acts who could be described as baggy (usually the 'Madchester' acts and a few others such as Flowered Up from London) — and those who can be described as indie-dance (i.e. Jesus Jones, who were more techno inspired).


Some baggy bands disappeared after the scene was no longer popular, and others evolved into indie rock or Britpop bands who remained popular throughout the 1990s. The Charlatans and Blur are good examples of ex-baggy bands who retained their popularity, although little trace of the baggy sound and look remained.
The baggy style became eclipsed by the grunge and Britpop genres, with many of the lesser bands forgotten. Apart from tribute acts, the style has been absent from the indie arena, with acts like the 2001 Manchester band Waterfall failing to interest record companies with their revival sound.

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