verb (used with object), pack-rat·ted, pack-rat·ting. Informal.
Definition for pack-rat (2 of 2)
Origin of pack rat
Examples from the Web for pack-rat
The pack-rat ran back to its hole and made its exit without loss of time, but Clarice sobbed aloud in hysterical fear.Hope Hathaway|Frances Parker
Then either the pack-rat reformed into a trade-rat, or else he sold out his claim to a trade-rat.
A pack-rat dont care a peg whether he can use an article or not; all he asks is the privilege of totin it about somewhere.
A pack-rat is about three times as big as a barn rat, an fifteen times as energetic.
British Dictionary definitions for pack-rat
Word Origin and History for pack-rat
common name for the North American bushytailed woodrat (Neotoma cinerea) 1885, from pack (v.); so called from the rodents' habit of dragging objects off to their holes. Used figuratively or allusively from c.1850 of persons who won't discard anything, which means either the rat's name is older than the record or the human sense is the original one.