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
Related formspack·thread·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for packthread

Historical Examples of packthread

  • Well, Sir, that imp there winds her round her finger like a piece of packthread.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • Now, if we could get rid of the bonds of self first, we could snap the other fetters like packthread.


    Laurence Oliphant

  • The carpet and furniture are strewed with long, straggling pieces of packthread.

  • Rights and rules, which are bonds of iron to a little man, are packthread to a giant.

    Phineas Redux

    Anthony Trollope

  • The barbed-wire obstructions before the German positions were cut like packthread.

British Dictionary definitions for packthread



a strong twine for sewing or tying up packages
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