- The definition of pocket is someone or something that's very small or smaller than usual.
- An example of pocket is a notepad that will fit in the pouch sewn into the back of your pants; a pocket notepad.
- An example of pocket is the sugar glider possum; the pocket possum.
- A pocket is a pouch or enclosure sewn into clothing or into a small container.
- An example of a pocket is where people normally keep their wallet if they don't carry a bag.
- An example of a pocket is a zippered compartment inside a bag where you'd keep your keys.
- Pocket is defined as to hide away or take something in a deceptive way.
- An example of pocket is someone hiding the way they really feel about something.
- An example of pocket is a cashier stealing money from their register.
- Archaic a sack, esp. when used to measure something
- a little bag or pouch, now usually sewn into or on clothing, for carrying money and small articles
- any usually small container, compartment, enclosure, etc.
- a cavity that holds or can hold something
- a small area or group of a specified type: a pocket of poverty
- a confining or frustrating situation
- financial resources; funds; means: a drain on one's pocket
- a position of being hemmed in by other contestants so as to be held back
- Aeron. air pocket
- ☆ Baseball a hollow in a baseball mitt where the ball can be securely caught and held
- Bowling the space between two pins, esp. the head pin and the pin next to it
- Football the protected area behind the offensive line, from which the quarterback passes the ball
- a cavity filled with ore, oil, gas, or water
- a small deposit of ore
- Pool any of the pouches at the sides and corners of a billiard or pool table
- Zool. a sac or pouch in an animal's body
Origin of pocketMiddle English poket ; from Anglo-French pokete, for Middle French dialect, dialectal poquette, diminutive of poque, poche: see poach
- that is or can be carried in a pocket
- smaller than standard
- not widespread; contained; isolated: pocket resistance
- to put into a pocket
- to provide with a pocket or pockets
- to envelop; enclose
- to take dishonestly; appropriate (money, profits, etc.) for one's own use
- to put up with (an insult, gibe, etc.) without answering or showing anger
- to hide, suppress, or set aside: pocket one's pride
- ☆ Politics to prevent passage of (a bill) by the pocket veto
in someone's pocket
out of pocket
- from money at hand
- having a loss
- A small baglike attachment forming part of a garment and used to carry small articles, as a flat pouch sewn inside a pair of pants or a piece of material sewn on its sides and bottom to the outside of a shirt.
- A small sack or bag.
- A receptacle, cavity, or opening.
- Financial means; money supply: The cost of the trip must come out of your own pocket.
- a. A small cavity in the earth, especially one containing ore.b. A small body or accumulation of ore.
- A pouch in an animal body, such as the cheek pouch of a rodent or the abdominal pouch of a marsupial.
- Games One of the pouchlike receptacles at the corners and sides of a billiard or pool table.
- Sports The webbing attached to the head of a lacrosse stick, in which the ball is caught and held.
- Baseball The deepest part of a baseball glove, just below the web, where the ball is normally caught.
- Sports A racing position in which a contestant has no room to pass a group of contestants immediately to his or her front or side.
- a. A small, isolated, or protected area or group: pockets of dissatisfied voters.b. Football The area a few yards behind the line of scrimmage that blockers attempt to keep clear so that the quarterback can pass the ball.
- An air pocket.
- A bin for storing ore, grain, or other materials.
- Suitable for or capable of being carried in one's pocket: a pocket handkerchief; a pocket edition of a dictionary.
- Small; miniature: a pocket backyard; a pocket museum.
- Designating the two cards that are dealt to a player face down in Texas hold'em: was holding pocket eights.
transitive verbpock·et·ed, pock·et·ing, pock·ets
- To place in a pocket: pocketed her key.
- To take possession of for oneself, especially dishonestly: pocketed the receipts from the charity dance.
- a. To accept or tolerate (an insult, for example).b. To conceal or suppress: I pocketed my pride and asked for a raise.
- To prevent (a bill) from becoming law by failing to sign until the adjournment of the legislature.
- Sports To hem in (a competitor) in a race.
- Games To hit (a ball) into a pocket of a pool or billiard table.
Origin of pocketMiddle English, pouch, small bag, from Anglo-Norman pokete, diminutive of Old North French poke, bag, of Germanic origin.
- A bag stitched to an item of clothing, used for carrying small items.
- Such a receptacle seen as housing someone's money; hence, financial resources.
- (sports, billiards, pool, snooker) An indention and cavity with a net sack or similar structure (into which the balls are to be struck) at each corner and one centered on each side of a pool or snooker table.
- An enclosed volume of one substance surrounded by another.
- The drilling expedition discovered a pocket of natural gas.
- (Australia) An area of land surrounded by a loop of a river.
- (Australian rules football) The area of the field to the side of the goal posts (four pockets in total on the field, one to each side of the goals at each end of the ground). The pocket is only a roughly defined area, extending from the behind post, at an angle, to perhaps about 30 meters out.
- (American Football) The region directly behind the offensive line in which the quarterback executes plays.
- (military) An area where military units are completely surrounded by enemy units.
- A large bag or sack formerly used for packing various articles, such as ginger, hops, or cowries.
- (architecture) A hole or space covered by a movable piece of board, as in a floor, boxing, partitions, etc.
- (mining) A cavity in a rock containing a nugget of gold, or other mineral; a small body of ore contained in such a cavity.
- (nautical) A strip of canvas sewn upon a sail so that a batten or a light spar can placed in the interspace.
- The pouch of an animal.
(third-person singular simple present pockets, present participle pocketing, simple past and past participle pocketed)
- To put (something) into a pocket.
- (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To cause a ball to go into one of the pockets of the table; to complete a shot.
- (slang) To take and keep (especially money) that which is not one's own.
- (slang) To shoplift, to steal.
- To receive (an insult, an affront, etc.) without open resentment, or without seeking redress.
- Of a size suitable for putting into a pocket.
- pocket dictionary
- Smaller or more compact than usual.
- (Texas hold'em poker) Referring to the two initial hole cards.
- A pocket pair of kings.
From Middle English pocket (“bag, sack”), from Anglo-Norman poket, Old Northern French poquet, poquete, diminutive of poque, poke (“bag, sack”) (compare modern French pochette from Old French pochete, from puche), from Frankish *pokka (“pouch”), from Proto-Germanic *puk-, *pūka- (“bag, pouch”), from Proto-Indo-European *buk-, *bu-, *beu- (“to blow, swell”). Cognate with Middle Dutch poke, Alemannic German Pfoch (“purse, bag”), Old English pocca, pohha (“poke, pouch, pocket, bag”), Old Norse poki (“bag, pocket”). Cf. the related poke ("sack or bag"). See also Modern French pochette.