What Does BAGHOLDER Mean?

BAGHOLDER means "someone whose position has severely dropped in value." In financial slang, a bagholder is a shareholder left holding shares of worthless stocks. Typically, this person loses most or all or their money.

The term was created by combining "shareholder" with the expression "left holding the bag."

This expression has two potential origins.
  • "Left holding the bag" is thought to have originated in eighteenth century Britain. A person left holding the bag is left with the stolen goods. Once caught by the police, the "bag holder" takes the blame while the rest of the criminals escape.
  • Another theory is that the term comes from people in soup lines during the Great Depression. The people who held potato bags filled with their only possessions were referred to as "bag holders."

Summary of Key Points

"someone whose position has severely dropped in value" is the most common definition for BAGHOLDER on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:someone whose position has severely dropped in value
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Typical Users:


When I write BAGHOLDER, I mean this:

meaning of BAGHOLDER
[A BAGHOLDER loses most or all or their money.]


Examples of BAGHOLDER in Sentences

Here are examples of BAGHOLDER being used in conversations:
  • John: Why did you sell the stock?
  • Fred: Because I didn't want to be the BAGHOLDER. The stock is vastly declining.

An Academic Look at BAGHOLDER

As it is formed by merging two words into one, BAGHOLDER is classified as a portmanteau word. It is formed by amalgamating the terms share holder and left holding the bag.

Example of BAGHOLDER Used in a Text


See Also

bagholder (someone whose trading position has severely dropped in value) dd (due diligence) diamond hands (someone who holds stocks or shares adamantly) gay bear (someone who expects a stock to decline, a stock shorter) gme (game stop stock) paper hands (someone who sells stocks or shares too early) retards (share traders) stonks (stocks) tendies (gains or profits in stocks or shares) wsb (Wall Street Bets Reddit) Using the currency symbols