Green’s Dictionary of Slang

package n.

1. a drink.

[US]Ade Artie (1963) 101: ‘Package? What’s that?’ ‘W’y, a load, a jag!’.
[US]R.W. Brown ‘Word-List From Western Indiana’ in DN III:viii 584: package, n. A load of liquor; enough to make one stagger. ‘He is carrying a package to-night.’.
[US]D. Clemmer Prison Community (1940) 334/1: package, n. [...] a small amount of liquor.

2. (US) a police record; a jail sentence .

[UK]D. Lowrie My Life in Prison 31: ‘What sort of a package?’ ‘Package?’ I asked [...] ‘Oh, you mean the sentence?’.
[US]J. Wambaugh Glitter Dome (1982) 206: There’s nothing in his package about any gook associates.

3. (US, a man, a person; thus US Und.) a kidnap victim.

[US]Hecht & Fowler Great Magoo 46: Say, what kind of package was this New York number?
[US](con. 1920s) G. Fowler Schnozzola 84: Zimp pretended to be a very bad package.
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Jailbait Street (1963) 20: Your boozy old lady ain’t no prize package.
[US]H. Rhodes Chosen Few (1966) 43: In this case it was a dark little package from Washington, D.C., named Tanback.

4. (US drugs) a bulk supply of a given drug.

[US]Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA) 8 Dec. 2/7: [headline] Caught Smuggling Package of Cocaine into City Jail. Bundle of ‘Sugar’ was too small and Trusty pounced.
[US]D. Clemmer Prison Community (1940) 334/1: package, n. A parcel of narcotics.
[US](con. 1982–6) T. Williams Cocaine Kids (1990) 32: Never be without, that’s what it’s all about. If you had a good package you could sell it, but if you had a bad package and you were the only one with a package you could sell it. The bad package is the customer’s last resort.
[US]Simon & Burns Corner (1998) 7: They’re back in business on Mount Street, too, where Diamond in the Raw has the best package.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘The Buys’ Wire ser. 1 ep. 3 [TV script] We be doin’ even better when we get that new package.
[US]Codella and Bennett Alphaville (2011) 223: A package was ten bundles - a hundred bags of dope - and would set you back a thousand bucks.

5. an attractive and usu. small, neat woman.

[US]L. Shelly Hepcats Jive Talk Dict. 15/2: Package, a girl.
[US]J. Archibald ‘Klump a la Carte’ Popular Det. July [Internet] ‘Some gorgeous package, ain’t she?’ Willie took a gander at the doll. He had to admit she was.
[US]A.S. Fleischman Venetian Blonde (2006) 162: It didn’t make sense that Rinny Jim would part from a lusty package like Maggie.
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 202: ‘Can I bring you a package? [...] I can probably scare up a friend of Crazy Iris or somebody.’ I said, ‘If you do, you’d better bring along somebody to fuck her. I’m whipped.’.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 36: I was turning my head to yank the package he’d fingered.

6. (US Und.) a (long) prison term.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 151/1: Package. [...] 2. (P) A long prison sentence; any prison term. ‘I’d wrap up (commit suicide) if I had a package like yours to carry.’.

7. (US) a baby, a pregnancy.

[US]M. Puzo Godfather 14: Have you dishonored my family? Have you given my daughter a little package to remember you by now that the war is over.

8. (US) the male genitals.

implied in surprise package n.
[US]P. Beatty White Boy Shuffle 40: I told him Hitler had only half a package.
[US]‘Randy Everhard’ Tattoo of a Naked Lady 142: Turning to admire his package in the tight pants.
[UK]G. Iles Turning Angel 172: He kept pulling on his package while he talked to me.
[US] M. McBride Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] [She] walked by and gave my package a casual squeeze , as if [...] my dick were an avocado.
[US]J. Stahl OG Dad 100: A package bigger than Johnny Wadd’s.

9. (US) the vagina.

[US](con. 1985–90) P. Bourjois In Search of Respect 315: Candy: [smiling at Primo over the slang term ‘package,’ meaning vagina] [...] No, no, no, you want the package [grabbing her crotch with both hands and making us roar with laughter] you pay for the whole package deal [pointing at two of her children].

10. (US prison) a positive report on a prisoner [the package of papers on which it is written].

[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 103: Package also Parole Package Positive documentation, verifying the ways an inmate is trying to better himself.

11. AIDS.

[US]POZ Jan. [Internet] Slang for HIV: ‘The monster,’ ‘the package,’ ‘that shit’ (prison); ‘the virus’.

12. (US) the male genitals.

[US]J. Stahl Pain Killers 79: You gotta package, don’tcha? I bet you’re a regular Johnny Hog-leg.

In phrases

prize package (n.) (also prize packet)

1. (US) a fool.

Western Chron. 4 Aug. 5/4: A ‘prize packet,’ which means an amateur [actor] who has paid [a professional company] for the privilege of exhibiting his incompetence.
[UK]Marvel 12 Nov. 4: Why, old man, you’re a prize packet.
[UK]Magnet 15 Feb. 3: Isn’t he a prize packet?
[US]Hecht & MacArthur Front Page Act III: I’ve got a hell of a nerve to ask you to marry me. I’m a prize package, all right.
[UK]Whizzbang Comics 76: I get it, guv. A regular Fifth of November prize packet.
[US]‘Ed McBain’ Killer’s Wedge (1981) 139: Come on, prize package.
[US]K. Brasselle Cannibals 156: I get along with her beautifully, prize package that I am.
[US]La Motta, Carter & Savage Raging Bull 48: My guard yelled up to him, ‘Hey, Tully, I got another prize package for you.’.

2. an excellent example.

Sporting Times (London) 8 Oct. 1/3: Bert was strolling out with Bella, a prize packet of delights.