pack·​er | \ ˈpa-kər How to pronounce packer (audio) \

Definition of packer

1 : one that packs: such as
a : one engaged in processing food (such as meat) and distributing it to retailers
b : an automotive vehicle with a closed body and a compressing device (as for compacting rubbish) in the rear
3 : one that conveys goods by means of a pack

Examples of packer in a Sentence

She worked as a packer for a candy company.
Recent Examples on the Web Since arriving in the United States a decade ago, Ms. Mendez, 42, has juggled jobs as a housekeeper, a packer at a seafood processing plant and a chef’s assistant at a diner, sending $200 to $300 every two weeks back to her family. New York Times, "‘I Have No Idea Where My Daughter Is’: Migrant Parents Are Desperate for News," 9 Apr. 2021 But being a chef is not being a manufacturing expert, and the same benefits the chef gets from the co-packer, the product manager gets from a banking as a service platform. Dov Marmor, Forbes, "The Fintech Cookie Factory: How Banking As A Service Works," 6 Apr. 2021 In 2011, the company sued a Michigan blueberry packer after a shipment — which was intended for future use in blueberry scones — was found to be contaminated with pieces of shrimp., "The curious case of the Cinnamon Toast Crunch box," 22 Mar. 2021 Think of a trans youth who’s wanting to get a packer for the first time. Courtney Shea,, "Are Sex Shops Essential? This Business Owner Is Fighting Toronto City Hall To Prove They Are," 10 Feb. 2021 Perhaps some of us took the mail carrier, food delivery driver, or meat packer for granted. National Geographic, "Can we salute 'essential workers'?," 7 Sep. 2020 Matthews, a 20-year-old flour packer at the Pillsbury mills, had been downtown with two women friends that Saturday night for a show at the Isis Theater, followed by a stop for some chop suey. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, "Flour packer's brutal 1912 Minneapolis murder still unsolved," 17 Oct. 2020 The packer and claw arm mechanism are still powered hydraulically, requiring a groaning pump to pressurize the hoses. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Electric Trash Trucks Are Coming Quietly to Your Town," 7 Oct. 2020 The meat-packer was interested in spreading out its crowded workers. David Berreby, National Geographic, "The robot revolution has arrived," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of packer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Apr 2021

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“Packer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of packer

: a person or company that prepares and packages products and sends them to people or stores

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