AskDefine | Define beanbag

Dictionary Definition

beanbag n : a small cloth bag filled with dried beans; thrown in games

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Alternative forms


bean + bag


  • , /ˈbiːnbæg/, /"bi:nb

Extensive Definition

A bean bag (also beanbag) is a sealed bag containing dried beans or PVC pellets, with various applications. As bean bag games are not apt to cause injury or insult, they are referenced in the famous aphorism by the Irish-American politico Finley Peter Dunne that "Politics ain't bean bag."


  • Bean bag toss (sometimes called cornhole in the Ohio Valley of the United States), is a game similar to horseshoes and quoits, played with bean bags and two goals.
  • Footbag (also known as Hacky Sack, which is actually a trademark) is a type of ball-shaped bean bag that is used to play various games. Regulation size for play is an 8-16 panel sand filled hacky sack.
  • Bean bags are also commonly used for juggling.


Bean bag chairs are a popular form of furniture made of fabric and filled with small chunks of styrofoam or PVC pellets. They were hugely popular as mod furniture during the late 1960s and early 1970s; their popularity resumed in the mid 1990s, as companies began selling chairs filled with shredded polyurethane foam, charging a premium for the extra comfort this can provide. Bean bag chairs are known to bean bag enthusiasts by many names, such as "Physics Bag" or "Oversized Sac".
Polystyrene bead originally comes in a sugar form and steam is blown into the sugar to expand it. It is also called expanded polystyrene or EPS in the industry. The diameter of the bead that goes into the bean bag does vary from about 3-9 mm, however you can now also purchase micro-bead which is 1 - 3 mm in diameter. After a couple of years use, the beans within a bean bag will become compressed and comfort will be reduced. One can generally obtain smaller bags of refill to top them up.


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beanbag in German: Bean Bag
beanbag in Dutch: Zitzak
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