Pouch definition

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A small bag often closing with a drawstring and used especially for carrying loose items in one's pocket.
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A leather bag or case for carrying powder or small-arms ammunition.
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A small bag or sack for carrying something, as in one's pocket.

A leather tobacco pouch.

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(archaic) A small purse for coins.
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A bag or sack used to carry mail or diplomatic dispatches.
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(zoology) A saclike structure, such as the cheek pockets of the gopher or the external abdominal pocket in which marsupials carry their young.
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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.

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Something resembling a bag in shape.

The pouches under one's eyes.

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(zoology) A saclike structure, such as the cheek pockets of the gopher or the external abdominal pocket in which marsupials carry their young.
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(anatomy) A pocketlike space in the body.

The pharyngeal pouch.

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(scots) A pocket.
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To place in or as if in a pouch; pocket.
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To cause to resemble a pouch.
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To swallow. Used of certain birds or fishes.
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To assume the form of a pouch or pouchlike cavity.
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A mailbag, specif. one whose opening can be locked, as for sending diplomatic dispatches.
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(scot.) A pocket (in clothing)
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(anat.) Any pouchlike cavity or part.
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A baglike part, as of a pelican's bill or a gopher's cheeks, used to carry food.
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To put in a pouch.
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To make into a pouch; make pouchy.
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To swallow.
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To form a pouch or pouchlike cavity.
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(anatomy) A pocketlike space in the body.

The pharyngeal pouch.

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To assume the form of a pouch or pouchlike cavity.
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A small bag usually closed with a drawstring.
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A pocket in which a marsupial carries its young.
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Any pocket or bag-shaped object, such as a cheek pouch.
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(slang, dated, derogatory) A protuberant belly; a paunch.
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A cyst or sac containing fluid.

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(botany) A silicle, or short pod, as of the shepherd's purse.
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A bulkhead in the hold of a vessel, to prevent grain etc. from shifting.
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To enclose within a pouch.
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To transport within a pouch, especially a diplomatic pouch.

We pouched the encryption device to our embassy in Beijing.

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(of fowls and fish) To swallow.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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(archaic) A purse.
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A sealed plastic or foil container used for packaging food or drink.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pouch
Plural:
pouches

Origin of pouch

  • Middle English from Old French of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary