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  • IPA(key): /pæk/, [pʰæk]
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  • Rhymes: -æk

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English pak, pakke, from Old English *pæcca and/or Middle Dutch pak, packe; both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *pakkô (bundle, pack). Cognate with Dutch pak (pack), Low German Pack (pack), German Pack (pack), Swedish packe (pack), Icelandic pakka, pakki (package).


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pack (plural packs)

  1. A bundle made up and prepared to be carried; especially, a bundle to be carried on the back, but also a load for an animal, a bale.
    The horses carried the packs across the plain.
  2. A number or quantity equal to the contents of a pack
  3. A multitude.
    a pack of lies
    a pack of complaints
  4. A number or quantity of connected or similar things; a collective.
  5. A full set of playing cards; also, the assortment used in a particular game.
    We were going to play cards, but nobody brought a pack.
  6. A number of hounds or dogs, hunting or kept together.
    • 2005, John D. Skinner and Christian T. Chimimba, The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion‎
      African wild dogs hunt by sight, although stragglers use their noses to follow the pack.
  7. A wolfpack: a number of wolves, hunting together.
  8. A number of persons associated or leagued in a bad design or practice; a gang.
    a pack of thieves or knaves
  9. A group of Cub Scouts.
  10. A shook of cask staves.
  11. A bundle of sheet-iron plates for rolling simultaneously.
  12. A large area of floating pieces of ice driven together more or less closely.
    The ship had to sail round the pack of ice.
  13. (medicine) An envelope, or wrapping, of sheets used in hydropathic practice, called dry pack, wet pack, cold pack, etc., according to the method of treatment.
  14. (slang): A loose, lewd, or worthless person.
  15. (snooker, pool) A tight group of object balls in cue sports. Usually the reds in snooker.
  16. (rugby) The forwards in a rugby team (eight in Rugby Union, six in Rugby League) who with the opposing pack constitute the scrum.
    The captain had to take a man out of the pack to replace the injured fullback.

(full set of cards): deck

Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English pakken, from the noun (see above). Compare Middle Dutch packen (to pack), Middle Low German packen (to pack).


pack (third-person singular simple present packs, present participle packing, simple past and past participle packed)

  1. (physical) To put or bring things together in a limited or confined space, especially for storage or transport.
    1. (transitive) To make a pack of; to arrange closely and securely in a pack; hence, to place and arrange compactly as in a pack; to press into close order or narrow compass.
      to pack goods in a box;  to pack fish
    2. (transitive) To fill in the manner of a pack, that is, compactly and securely, as for transportation; hence, to fill closely or to repletion; to stow away within; to cause to be full; to crowd into.
      to pack a trunk;  the play, or the audience, packs the theater
      • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 5, in Death on the Centre Court:
        By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.
    3. (transitive) To envelop in a wet or dry sheet, within numerous coverings.
      The doctor gave Kelly some sulfa pills and packed his arm in hot-water bags.
    4. (transitive) To render impervious, as by filling or surrounding with suitable material, or to fit or adjust so as to move without giving passage to air, water, or steam.
      to pack a joint;  to pack the piston of a steam engine;  pack someone's arm with ice.
    5. (intransitive) To make up packs, bales, or bundles; to stow articles securely for transportation.
    6. (intransitive) To admit of stowage, or of making up for transportation or storage; to become compressed or to settle together, so as to form a compact mass.
      the goods pack conveniently;  wet snow packs well
    7. (intransitive) To gather in flocks or schools.
      the grouse or the perch begin to pack
    8. (transitive, historical) To combine (telegraph messages) in order to send them more cheaply as a single transmission.
  2. (social) To cheat, to arrange matters unfairly.
    1. (transitive, card games) To sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly.
    2. (transitive) To bring together or make up unfairly and fraudulently, in order to secure a certain result.
      to pack a jury
      • (Can we date this quote?) Francis Atterbury
        The expected council was dwindling into [] a packed assembly of Italian bishops.
    3. (transitive) To contrive unfairly or fraudulently; to plot.
      • (Can we date this quote?) Thomas Fuller
        He lost life [] upon a nice point subtilely devised and packed by his enemies.
    4. (intransitive) To unite in bad measures; to confederate for ill purposes; to join in collusion.
  3. (transitive) To load with a pack; hence, to load; to encumber.
    to pack a horse
  4. To move, send or carry.
    1. (transitive) To cause to go; to send away with baggage or belongings; especially, to send away peremptorily or suddenly; – sometimes with off. See pack off.
      to pack a boy off to school
    2. (transitive, US, Western US) To transport in a pack, or in the manner of a pack (i. e., on the backs of men or animals).
    3. (intransitive) To depart in haste; – generally with off or away.
    4. (transitive, slang) To carry weapons, especially firearms, on one's person.
  5. (transitive, sports, slang) To block a shot, especially in basketball.
  6. (intransitive, rugby, of the forwards in a rugby team) To play together cohesively, specially with reference to their technique in the scrum.
  7. (intransitive, LGBT slang, of a drag king, transman, etc.) To wear a prosthetic penis inside one’s trousers for better verisimilitude.
  • (To sort and arrange (the cards) in a pack so as to secure the game unfairly): stack
Derived termsEdit




pack m (plural packs)

  1. pack (item of packaging)
  2. pack ice
  3. (sports) A rugby team

Middle EnglishEdit



  1. Alternative form of pak




  1. intimate; confidential



From English pack.



pack m (plural packs)

  1. pack, package
  2. kit, set, bundle



pack n

  1. a group of unwanted people, lower class people, trash
  2. stuff, things, luggage; only in the expression pick och pack


Declension of pack 
Indefinite Definite
Nominative pack packet
Genitive packs packets

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