EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PACKET BOAT
A packet boat, not bigger than a big tug, was approaching from the south.
It ran as a packet boat for years, and Fulton built other steamers.
At Yarmouth he was detained by easterly gales; and when at last the packet boat made the mouth of the Elbe it was wrecked.
I embarked early in the packet boat, but put my goods in a stouter vessel.
They all talked French—even those who had talked English when they came on board the packet boat on the other side.
With few exceptions, no passenger was allowed on board a packet boat without a pass from the Secretary of State.
Clies had recently succeeded his father in the command of the Expedition packet boat.
These were packed in ten or twelve boxes, and were shipped on a packet boat, by sea.
To my surprise I was the only passenger in the packet boat The quay of Boulogne was deserted.
A little way up the river they passed the packet boat, a little belated and heavily laden, but moving steadily.
mid-15c., from Middle English pak "bundle" (see pack (n.)) + diminutive suffix -et; perhaps modeled on Anglo-French pacquet (Middle French pacquet), which ultimately is a diminutive of Middle Dutch pak. A packet boat (1640s) originally was one that carried mails. Packet-switching attested from 1971.