Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pack v.1

1. [19C+] (US) to carry, also in fig. use.

2. [late 19C+] (US) to live as a tramp, travelling the country [the SE pack that is carried].

3. [mid-19C+] (US) to carry a weapon, usu. a gun or knife; also to wear.

4. [1920s+] (US) to carry money, to be in funds.

5. [1940s] (US drugs) to carry drugs for a dealer.

6. in sexual uses.

(a) [1940s] (US) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

(b) [1960s+] (US campus) of a male homosexual, to have anal sex.

7. [1960s+] (US prison) to carry contraband in and out of a prison; to carry a concealed weapon.

8. [1970s+] (US) to reject a lover [pack in ].

9. [1990s+] in drug uses.

(a) (US drugs) to fill a crack cocaine pipe.

(b) (US drugs) to be a major drug dealer, making up the packs of a drug which are then sold on to the dealers who trade on the street.

In derivatives

packing (adj.) (also packed)

1. [late 19C+] (US) carrying a gun or knife.

2. [1980s+] (US) performing anal intercourse [SE pack in, to fill].

3. [1990s+] (US black) of a man, having sexual intercourse [SE pack in, to fill].

4. [1990s+] (US black) having a large penis.

5. [1990s+] (US gay) of a lesbian, wearing a strap-on dildo, usu. under one’s clothes, or wearing other padding in the genital area to look as if one has a penis.

6. [2000s] (US prison) having weapons for sale.

In phrases

pack a sad (v.)

[1970s+] (N.Z.) to be depressed.

pack chitlins (v.) [SE chitlins, pig’s intestines (which are de facto soft)]

[1990s+] (US black) of a man, to be unable to maintain an erection during intercourse.

packing death (adj.)

[1950s] (Aus.) terrified, frightened.

packing it (adj.)

[1990s+] making a large amount of money.

pack peanut butter (v.) [the colour of the spread]

[1970s+] (US) to engage in anal intercourse.

pack the mustard (v.) [the colour of the mortar in the hod]

[1930s] (US tramp) working as a brick layer or labourer.

pack the pillow (v.) [use of pillow = menstrual pad]

[2000s] (US) to menstruate.

pack (the) shit (v.) (also pack one’s shit, pack them) [shit n. (1a)/shit n. (4a)]

1. [1940s+] (Aus.) to be frightened [image of holding back fear-induced diarrhoea].

2. [2000s] (N.Z.) to talk nonsense.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

pack around with (v.)

[1910s] (US) to conduct a relationship with.

pack in (v.) (also pack it in)

1. [20C+] to stop, to cease to function, to give up, to die.

2. [1910s] (US) to consume; thus as n. a meal.

3. to quit, to leave a job, to give something up; usu. as pack it in.

4. [1950s+] (US Und.) to leave, to depart.

5. [1950s+] to end a relationship; usu. as pack someone in.

6. [2000s] (Aus.) to go to bed.

pack it in (also pack it up, pack in) [imper. of pack in ]

[1930s+] as a command, stop it, stop doing it, stop talking.

pack off (v.)

[mid-18C–19C] to go away; also as imper.

pack up (v.)

1. [1910s+] (orig. milit.) to tire, to abandon one’s efforts, to stop doing something.

2. [1920s–40s] of a person, to die.

3. [1920s+] of machinery, or of anything that works mechanically, e.g. the human heart, to stop working; usu. as packed up, occas. packed.

4. [1970s] to reject.

pack up one’s alls and be gone (v.) (also pack up one’s awls and be gone) [SE alls, everything, or awls, tools]

[mid-17C–1920s] to leave for good.