- The definition of a pouch is a small bag used for carrying things.
An example of a pouch is a small bag with a drawstring used for carrying coins.
- a small bag or sack for carrying something, as in one's pocket: a leather tobacco pouch
- ☆ a mailbag; specif., one whose opening can be locked, as for sending diplomatic dispatches
- anything shaped like a pouch
- Scot. a pocket (in clothing)
- Archaic a purse
- Anat. any pouchlike cavity or part
- marsupium (sense )
- a baglike part, as of a pelican's bill or a gopher's cheeks, used to carry food
Origin of pouchMiddle English pouche ; from Middle French poche, variant, variety of poque: see poke
- to put in a pouch
- to make into a pouch; make pouchy
- to swallow: said of fish and certain birds
- A small bag often closing with a drawstring and used especially for carrying loose items in one's pocket.
- A bag or sack used to carry mail or diplomatic dispatches.
- A leather bag or case for carrying powder or small-arms ammunition.
- A sealed plastic or foil container used for packaging food or drink.
- Something resembling a bag in shape: the pouches under one's eyes.
- Zoology A saclike structure, such as the cheek pockets of the gopher or the external abdominal pocket in which marsupials carry their young.
- Anatomy A pocketlike space in the body: the pharyngeal pouch.
- Scots A pocket.
- Archaic A small purse for coins.
verbpouched, pouch·ing, pouch·es
- To place in or as if in a pouch; pocket.
- To cause to resemble a pouch.
- To swallow. Used of certain birds or fishes.
Origin of pouchMiddle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.
- A small bag usually closed with a drawstring.
- A pocket in which a marsupial carries its young.
- Any pocket or bag-shaped object, such as a cheek pouch.
- (slang, dated, derogatory) A protuberant belly; a paunch.
- A cyst or sac containing fluid.
- (botany) A silicle, or short pod, as of the shepherd's purse.
- A bulkhead in the hold of a vessel, to prevent grain etc. from shifting.
(third-person singular simple present pouches, present participle pouching, simple past and past participle pouched)
From Old Northern French pouche, borrowed from Old French poche, puche (whence French poche; compare also the Anglo-Norman variant poke), of Germanic origin: from Old Low Franconian *poka (“pouch”) (compare Middle Dutch poke, Old English pocca, dialectal German Pfoch) or Frankish. Compare pocket, poke.