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.
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.
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.
The cost of the trip must come out of your own pocket.
A pocket handkerchief; a pocket edition of a dictionary.
A pocket backyard; a pocket museum.
Was holding pocket eights.
Pocketed her key.
Pocketed the receipts from the charity dance.
A pocket of poverty.
A drain on one's pocket.
Pocket one's pride.
The drilling expedition discovered a pocket of natural gas.
A pocket pair of kings.
- In one's power, influence, or possession:.The defendant had the jury in his pocket.
- Having funds.
- Having gained or retained funds of a specified amount:.Was a hundred dollars in pocket after a day at the races.
- Out of one's own resources:.Fees paid out of pocket.
- Without funds or assets:.A traveler who was caught out of pocket.
- In a state of having experienced a loss, especially a financial one.
- Completely under someone's influence.
- Gained or available.
- Having a financial loss.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of pocket
- Middle English pouch, small bag from Anglo-Norman pokete diminutive of Old North French poke bag of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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-, *pÅ«ka- (“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.