- a painful blow or beating.
- misfortune or failure.
verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for packet
Reading The Bone Clocks is like working your way through a packet of Starbursts at one go.David Mitchell’s ‘The Bone Clocks’ Is Fun But Mostly Empty Calories|William O’Connor|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There were rumors along Broadway in the following week that Rothstein had lost a packet.
His father was executed in 1942 by a German gendarme after attempting to smuggle a packet of saccharine into the Ghetto.The Week in Death: Irving Milchberg, the Teenage Gunrunner of the Warsaw Ghetto|The Telegraph|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fold the bottom tip of dough up and press to seal into a packet.Daniel Boulud Reveals His 4 Favorite Recipes From His New Cookbook|Daniel Boulud|October 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Anatabloc has even proudly posted a photo of the governor holding a packet of the supplement on its Facebook page.Virginia Republicans’ One-Two Punch of Financial Scandals|Caitlin Dickson|April 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
William pressed into one of his hands a stick of liquorice and into the other a packet of chocolate.Just William|Richmal Crompton
A packet of gold powder, and a glass vessel for diluting the colors.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
"I am ready now" said Sylvia in a weak voice as she put a packet of biscuits into her bundle.Daisy Ashford: Her Book|Daisy Ashford
The Prince stood by the window and undid the packet with trembling hands.Jennie Baxter, Journalist|Robert Barr
For answer I held before him a packet of something made up in a piece of canvas, and tied round with spun-yarn.Sail Ho!|George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for packet
Word Origin for packet
Word Origin and History for packet
mid-15c., from Middle English pak "bundle" (see pack (n.)) + diminutive suffix -et; perhaps modeled on Anglo-French pacquet (Middle French pacquet), which ultimately is a diminutive of Middle Dutch pak. A packet boat (1640s) originally was one that carried mails. Packet-switching attested from 1971.