pack rat

pack rat


: a person who collects or keeps things that are not needed

Full Definition of PACK RAT

:  wood rat; especially :  a bushy-tailed rodent (Neotoma cinerea) of western North America that has well-developed cheek pouches and that hoards food and miscellaneous objects
:  a person who collects or hoards especially unneeded items

Examples of PACK RAT

  1. I'm a terrible pack rat. I never throw anything away.

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