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Alternative forms

  • pacquet (obsolete)


From Middle English pacquet; either from Middle French pacquet, or formed independently from pak and -et.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpakɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpæ.kɪt/


packet (plural packets)

  1. A small pack or package; a little bundle or parcel
    Don't throw the crisp packet on the floor!
    a packet of letters
    a packet of crisps
    a packet of biscuits
  2. (nautical) Originally, a vessel employed by government to convey dispatches or mails; hence, a vessel employed in conveying dispatches, mails, passengers, and goods, and having fixed days of sailing; a mail boat. Packet boat, ship, vessel (Wikipedia).
    • With just the turn of a shoulder she indicated the water front, where, at the end of the dock on which they stood, lay the good ship, Mount Vernon, river packet, the black smoke already pouring from her stacks.
  3. (botany) A specimen envelope containing small, dried plants or containing parts of plants when attached to a larger sheet.
  4. (networking) A small fragment of data as transmitted on some types of network, notably Ethernet networks (Wikipedia).
  5. (South Africa) A plastic bag.
    • 2012 August 6, Wendy Knowler, Plastic packets: who bags the profits?
  6. (colloquial) A manbulge.
  7. (informal) A large amount of money.
    It'll cost a packet to fix this.



packet (third-person singular simple present packets, present participle packeting, simple past and past participle packeted)

  1. (transitive) To make up into a packet or bundle.
  2. (transitive) To send in a packet or dispatch vessel.
    • Ford
      Her husband was packeted to France.
  3. (intransitive) To ply with a packet or dispatch boat.
  4. (transitive, Internet) To subject to a denial-of-service attack in which a large number of data packets are sent.
    • 2007, Committee on Improving Cybersecurity Research in the United States, ‎Toward a Safer and More Secure Cyberspace
      Typically, one hacker will annoy another; the offended party replies by launching a denial-of-service attack against the offender. These attacks—known as packeting—tend to be of limited duration []


See also

  • datagram
  • packetlike
  • packet radio
  • packet switching, packet-switching


  • packet in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


  • Ptacek, peck at


Alternative forms

  • packt



  1. imperative plural of packen



packet m (plural packets)

  1. (networking) packet (small fragment of data)




  1. definite singular of pack

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