Origin of packer
- a wrapping of the body in wet or dry clothes for therapeutic purposes.
- the cloths so used.
- Obsolete.the state of being so wrapped.
- Also called pack wall.a rubble wall for supporting a roof.
- any of various other roof supports of timber, timber and rubble, or rubble and wire mesh.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to dispatch: We packed the kids off to camp for the summer.
- to leave hastily.
- to give up; abandon one's efforts: In 1972 we packed it in and moved back to Florida.
- to cease being a nuisance.
Origin of pack1
Synonyms for pack
Origin of pack3
Related Words for packerpollute, defile, overwhelm, beset, assail, flock, worry, fill, crowd, pester, ravage, swarm, invade, teem, infect, plague, abound, press, penetrate, crawl
Examples from the Web for packer
Contemporary Examples of packer
Freshway Foods A fresh produce processor and packer, Freshway Logistics is a for-hire carrier of mainly refrigerated products.After Hobby Lobby, These 82 Corporations Could Drop Birth Control Coverage
June 30, 2014
Packer saved the literary aspirations for other aspects of the book, and those work less well.
Packer writes about these people and their milieus beautifully and precisely; respectfully and, when warranted, critically.
In Cosmopolis, Packer Capital uses complex fractal modeling, based on patterns in nature, to map data in the markets.In ‘Cosmopolis,’ Robert Pattinson Depicts Financial World Gone Mad
August 22, 2012
It now seems Packer may have also tired of the money-hungry church.Rupert Murdoch Attacks Scientology Because It Once Courted His Son Lachlan
July 2, 2012
Historical Examples of packer
And the packer, shaking with laughter, turned again to the chair he had been wrapping.Mary's Rainbow
Mary Edward Feehan
“That packer is rather fine, considered as a muscular animal,” she said.The Gold Trail
Turning his back on the Israelite, Scarlett gave all his attention to the packer.The Tale of Timber Town
"This is where you boys got astray, I reckon," said Mr. Packer.Canoe Boys and Campfires
William Murray Graydon
Lisle looked at Jake, and the packer smiled in a significant manner.The Long Portage
- a bundle or load, esp one carried on the back
- (as modifier)a pack animal
- a small package, carton, or container, used to retail commodities, esp foodstuffs, cigarettes, etc
- (in combination)pack-sealed
- a sheet or blanket, either damp or dry, for wrapping about the body, esp for its soothing effect
- a material such as cotton or gauze for temporarily filling a bodily cavity, esp to control bleeding
Word Origin for pack
Word Origin for pack
mid-14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), agent noun from pack (v.).
"bundle," early 13c., probably from a Low German word (cf. Middle Dutch pac, pack "bundle," Middle Low German pak, Middle Flemish pac, attested from late 12c.), originally a term of wool traders in Flanders; or possibly from Old Norse pakki. All are of unknown origin.
Italian pacco is a Dutch loan word; French pacque probably is from Flemish. Meaning "set of persons" (usually of a low character) is c.1300, older than sense of "group of hunting animals" (early 15c.). Extended to collective sets of playing cards (1590s), floating ice (1791), cigarettes (1924), and submarines (1943). Meaning "knapsack on a frame" is attested from 1916. Pack of lies first attested 1763.
c.1300, "to put together in a pack," from pack (n.), possibly influenced by Anglo-French empaker (late 13c.) and Medieval Latin paccare "pack."
Some senses suggesting "make secret arrangement" are from an Elizabethan mispronunciation of pact. Sense of "to carry or convey in a pack" (1805) led to general sense of "to carry in any manner;" hence to pack heat "carry a gun," underworld slang from 1940s; "to be capable of delivering" (a punch, etc.), from 1921. Related: Packed; packing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with pack
- pack a punch
- packed in like sardines
- pack it in
- pack off
- pack them in
- Joe six-pack
- send someone about his or her business (packing)