pock·​et | \ ˈpä-kət How to pronounce pocket (audio) \

Definition of pocket

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a small bag carried by a person : purse
b : a small bag that is sewed or inserted in a garment so that it is open at the top or side coat pocket
2 : supply of money : means
3 : receptacle, container: such as
a : an opening at the corner or side of a billiard table
b : a superficial pouch in some animals
4 : a small often isolated area or group pockets of unemployment :
a : a cavity containing a deposit (as of gold, water, or gas)
5 : a place for a batten made by sewing a strip on a sail
b : the position of a contestant in a race hemmed in by others
c : an area formed by blockers from which a football quarterback attempts to pass
7 : the concave area at the base of the finger sections of a baseball glove or mitt in which the ball is normally caught
in one's pocket
: in one's control or possession
in pocket
1 : provided with funds
2 : in the position of having made a profit
out of pocket
1 : low on money or funds
2 : having suffered a loss
3 : from cash on hand


pocketed; pocketing; pockets

Definition of pocket (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to put or enclose in or as if in one's pocket pocketed the change
b : to appropriate to one's own use : steal
c : to refuse assent to (a bill) by a pocket veto
2 : to put up with : accept
3 : to set aside : suppress pocketed his pride
4a : to hem in
b : to drive (a ball) into a pocket of a pool table
5 : to cover or supply with pockets



Definition of pocket (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : small enough to be carried in the pocket
b : small, miniature a pocket park
2a : of or relating to money
b : carried in or paid from one's own pocket

Other Words from pocket


pocketful \ ˈpä-​kət-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce pocket (audio) \ noun


pocketable \ ˈpä-​kə-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce pocket (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pocket in a Sentence

Noun He keeps his gloves in his coat pocket. She was standing there with her hands in her pockets. I have a hole in my pocket. Her pocket was full of change. There are pockets on the back of each car seat. The tickets are in the zippered pocket on the front of the suitcase. Verb The chairman was fired for pocketing funds. The saleswoman had overcharged them and pocketed the difference. a professional golfer who pocketed more than four million dollars in winnings I had to pocket my pride and ask for some help. Adjective his pocket involvement in the company was minimal See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their shorts are often high-waisted and finished with stiff pleats in the front, perhaps punctuated with a belt, a Hawaiian shirt, and a Werther’s Original in the pocket. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 11 May 2022 The selection of the former Hawkeye will help Jackson stay upright in the pocket and have time to go through his progressions to showcase his elite talent. Staff Report, The Courier-Journal, 29 Apr. 2022 Doctor Strange himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, mirrored the 33-year-old with matching hand-in-pocket poses—the obligatory stance of suit wearers—at the photo call. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 26 Apr. 2022 There are still big questions about whether a team can set him up for a considerable payoff, as his poise in the pocket leaves much to be desired. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 Toledo transfer Carter Bradley saw time with both the first and second team offenses, and showed off both outstanding arm strength and awareness in the pocket. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 4 Apr. 2022 The Bulls have been hammering the same essential game plan with Vučević — move the ball through him in the pocket, use his passing vision to spread the floor and encourage him to attack one-on-ones with gusto — since the start of the season. Julia Poe, chicagotribune.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Learning to play with each quarterback hasn’t been as challenging as each group has grown closer to redshirt junior Trenton Bourguet and transfer Paul Tyson, both known for their presence in the pocket. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2022 In the city that yearns for some hope in the pocket, reporters flooded the floor of the combine’s interview room to hear from former Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral bright and early. Joel Lorenzi, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An additional fee of either 35 cents or 45 cents will be applied to each Uber Eats order, all of which the courier will pocket. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 16 Mar. 2022 The city will only pocket a portion of sale proceeds — or $6 million. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2022 Russia apparently plans to pocket the Western money and simply use the rockets for its own purposes. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 11 Mar. 2022 But there's no real investment here, just another way for the scammer to pocket your cash. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 17 Feb. 2022 The bank then aims to flip the stock to its trading clients at a higher price and pocket the difference. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 The suit alleges that Chase and Robl would borrow from investors in the company’s name, pass on a portion to the company, and then pocket the difference. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 24 Mar. 2022 The loss to the Rangers also was only the third time this season that the Bruins carried a lead into the third and failed to pocket the win (18-1-2). Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Feb. 2022 There was no indication of how much of the proceeds Mrs. Trump herself intended to pocket. New York Times, 12 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On its e-commerce site this June, Banana Republic launched the BR Vintage collection: 225 items from the company’s safari-style past, including khaki shirts, lengthy suede jackets and multi-pocket photojournalist vests. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2021 My favorite and most-used is the Patagonia Baggies Brimmer ($50), which looks like a safari hat and should probably be matched with one of those tan, multi-pocket vests. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, 1 June 2021 The women’s ready-to-wear blends utilitarian and sporty aesthetics, with multi-pocket skirts, gym sets and transformable jackets all dripping in the new logo. Isabel Lord, Forbes, 13 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pocket


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pocket


Middle English poket, from Anglo-French poket, pochete, diminutive of poke, pouche bag — more at pouch

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“Pocket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocket. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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pock·​et | \ ˈpä-kət How to pronounce pocket (audio) \

Kids Definition of pocket

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a small bag sewn into a piece of clothing for carrying small articles
2 : a place or thing that is different from the larger place or thing that it is part of pockets of poverty
3 : a condition of the air that causes an airplane to drop suddenly an air pocket
4 : a bag at the corner or side of a pool table


pocketed; pocketing

Kids Definition of pocket (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to put something in a pocket
2 : to keep often dishonestly He was tempted to pocket the profits.



Kids Definition of pocket (Entry 3 of 3)

: pocket-size a pocket dictionary


pock·​et | \ ˈpäk-ət How to pronounce pocket (audio) \

Medical Definition of pocket

: a small cavity or space especially : an abnormal cavity formed in diseased tissue a gingival pocket

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