[ pak-thred ]

  1. a strong thread or twine for sewing or tying up packages.

Origin of packthread

First recorded in 1300–50, packthread is from the Middle English word pakthrede.See pack1, thread

Other words from packthread

  • packthreaded, adjective

Words Nearby packthread Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use packthread in a sentence

  • In falling, Bill had struck the chain-span of the weather-quarter davits, breaking it as if it had been packthread.

    Sunshine Bill | W H G Kingston
  • The patron saint, thought I to myself, can make gold lace out of packthread.

    The Robbers | Friedrich Schiller
  • Peggy and Anne platted the packthread, and basted the vamps and linings together ready for her.

    The Parent's Assistant | Maria Edgeworth
  • I thought so too, and grew the warmer at being unable to find a wisp of osier or a roll of packthread in the house.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems | Walter Savage Landor
  • In building the nest, a long piece of packthread had been somewhat loosely woven in.

    My Garden Acquaintance | James Russell Lowell

British Dictionary definitions for packthread


/ (ˈpækˌθrɛd) /

  1. a strong twine for sewing or tying up packages

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