pack rat


Definition of pack rat

1 : 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
2 : a person who collects or hoards especially unneeded items

Examples of pack rat in a Sentence

I'm a terrible pack rat. I never throw anything away.
Recent Examples on the Web As in Darger’s case, Maier, who died in 2009, was a pack rat and a recluse who never sought to publish her work in her lifetime. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 31 July 2022 Scientists studying pack rat middens at the City of Rocks National Reserve have determined that the area’s iconic pinyon pine trees first arrived about 2,800 years ago and became prevalent about 700 years ago. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 So what happens when a pack rat ends up with a minimalist? Jura Koncius, Washington Post, 16 June 2021 Luckily for history’s sake, Glenn was something of a pack rat, saving everything from elementary school drawings to class papers to his post-Mercury notes about space travel — all of it housed at the John Glenn Archives at Ohio State. Washington Post, 28 May 2021 The Rat Pack connoisseur confesses to being a bit of a pack rat. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2021 The vibe was more pack rat than Rat Pack, though the Saturn Bar drew celebrities out slumming for a night in New Orleans, and their snapshots were tacked to the wall. Ian Mcnulty,, 20 Nov. 2020 Joshua trees were once dispersed across landscapes with help from ancient pack rats and elephant-size giant ground sloths, a finding based on the abundance of seeds found in fossilized dung. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2020 Wolfram, a digital pack rat, has also recorded many of the brainstorming meetings between himself and his collaborators and is releasing 430 hours or so of videos. Steven Levy, Wired, 14 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of pack rat

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Aug 2022

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“Pack rat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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