[ pakt ]
/ pækt /


filled to capacity; full: They've had a packed theater for every performance.
pressed together; dense; compressed: packed snow.
abundantly supplied with a specified element (used in combination): an action-packed movie.

Nearby words

  1. pacify,
  2. pacing catheter,
  3. pacini,
  4. pacinian corpuscle,
  5. pacino,
  6. pack a punch,
  7. pack animal,
  8. pack date,
  9. pack drill,
  10. pack ice

Origin of packed

First recorded in 1770–80; pack1 + -ed2

Related formsmis·packed, adjectivewell-packed, adjective

Can be confusedpacked pact

Origin of pack

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English pak, packe < Middle Dutch pac or perhaps Middle Low German pak; (v.) Middle English pakken < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German

1. See package. 4. band, company, crew. 5. See flock1


[ pak ]
/ pæk /

verb (used with object)

to choose, collect, arrange, or manipulate (cards, persons, facts, etc.) so as to serve one's own purposes: to pack the deck; to pack a jury.

Origin of pack

First recorded in 1520–30; perhaps variant of pact Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for packed


/ (pækt) /


completely filled; fulla packed theatre
(of a picnic type of meal) prepared and put in a container or containers beforehand; prepackeda packed lunch


/ (pæk) /



See also pack in, pack up

Derived Formspackable, adjective

Word Origin for pack

C13: related to Middle Low German pak, of obscure origin


/ (pæk) /


(tr) to fill (a legislative body, committee, etc) with one's own supportersto pack a jury

Word Origin for pack

C16: perhaps changed from pact

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Word Origin and History for packed
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Medicine definitions for packed


[ păk ]


To fill, stuff, plug, or tampon.
To enwrap or envelop the body in a sheet, blanket, or other covering.
To apply a dressing or covering to a surgical site.


The swathing of a patient or body part in hot, cold, wet, or dry materials, such as cloth towels, sheets, or blankets.
The materials so used.
An ice pack; an ice bag.

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Idioms and Phrases with packed


In addition to the idioms beginning with pack

  • pack a punch
  • packed in like sardines
  • pack it in
  • pack off
  • pack them in

also see:

  • Joe six-pack
  • send someone about his or her business (packing)
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