pack rat

noun

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

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

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First Known Use of pack rat

1885


PACK RAT Defined for English Language Learners

pack rat

noun

Definition of pack rat for English Language Learners

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


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