\ˈpau̇ch \

Definition of pouch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small drawstring bag carried on the person

2a : a bag of small or moderate size for storing or transporting goods specifically : a lockable bag for first-class mail or diplomatic dispatches

b chiefly Scotland : pocket

c : packet

3 : an anatomical structure resembling a pouch


pouched; pouching; pouches

Definition of pouch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to put or form into or as if into a pouch

2 : to transmit by pouch

intransitive verb

1 : to bulge in a manner suggesting a pouch pouching cheeks

2 : to transmit mail or dispatches by pouch

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pouched \ˈpau̇cht \ adjective

Synonyms for pouch

Synonyms: Noun

bag, poke [chiefly Southern & Midland], sack

Synonyms: Verb

bag, balloon, beetle, belly, billow, bulge, bunch, jut, overhang, poke, pooch [chiefly dialect], pout, project, protrude, stand out, start, stick out, swell

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Examples of pouch in a Sentence


He carried his money in a small leather pouch in his pocket. we sealed the catnip in a cloth pouch and tossed it to the cat


as he grew older, the skin on his neck pouched
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When in the late 18th century full gowns gave way to slimmer empire waist dresses — popularized in the west by Joséphine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon — those pouches had nowhere to go. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Pockets are important to women, and high-fashion designers are recognizing that," 21 Sep. 2018 Keeping a phone in the pouch in the back seat cuts down on distractions while driving and provides another reason to check the back of the car before walking away, Ms. Fennell says. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "Check the Back Seat! Alerts Remind Drivers About Children," 28 July 2018 Internal condoms look like long, thin pouches with a flexible ring on each end (one end is closed and one is open). Korin Miller, SELF, "These Are the Only Kinds of Birth Control That Also Protect Against STIs," 27 July 2018 Try Ants on-a-Stick from All Things Jerky, or Sloppy Joeys (served in a pouch, natch) from Exotic Meat Grill. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ants on-a-stick — turducken, too — are among the more than 80 new foods at Wisconsin State Fair," 12 July 2018 Our mitochondria — the tiny, fuel-producing pouches inside our cells — fit that bill. Carl Zimmer, STAT, "Shot through with microbes: How our bodies adapt to a hidden world of bacteria," 30 May 2018 The wedding also featured three different cuisines for dinner and a Gatorade recovery bar, complete with Gatorade bottles and pouches, coconut water, bandaids and Advil. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "Serena Williams 'Forgot' to Eat the Cake at Her Wedding—So the Baker Made Her Another One 5 Months Later," 27 Apr. 2018 What makes TerraCycle’s model complicated is that each type of garbage — everything from diapers to shoes to juice pouches to hair — has a different process. Anna Orso, Philly.com, "Turning Philly's cigarette butts into park benches," 30 Mar. 2018 The new collection will also include waterproof gen eyeliner and a cream-to-powder brow formula, as well as a brush kit that includes 12 different brushes with a pink case and standing easel pouch. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Sephora Collection Is Dropping a Ton of New Products in April," 17 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

An African giant pouched rat rode on a handler’s shoulder at Apopo’s training facility in Morogoro in 2016. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "How Giant African Rats Are Saving Lives in Former War Zones," 4 May 2018 An exotic pet dealer imported 800 animals from Africa, including giant pouched rats, dormice and rope squirrels. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 3 Nov. 2017 No giant pouched rats, but the majority of traps have yet to be set. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 3 Nov. 2017 Giant pouched rats, dormice and squirrels are the chief suspects, but there could be others. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 3 Nov. 2017 The push to exclude products that are canned, pouched, smoked or steamed stemmed from a push by the U.S. tuna fleet. Author: Laine Welch, Alaska Dispatch News, "A closer look at the value of Alaska’s seafood industry," 23 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pouch


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1566, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pouch


Middle English pouche, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English pocca bag

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English Language Learners Definition of pouch

: a small bag

: a bag often with a lock that is used to carry letters or important papers

: a pocket of skin on the stomachs of some female animals (such as kangaroos and koalas) that is used to carry young


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Kids Definition of pouch

1 : a small bag that can be closed (as with a string)

2 : a bag for carrying goods or valuables a mail pouch

3 : a pocket of folded skin especially for carrying the young (as on the abdomen of a kangaroo) or for carrying food (as in the cheek of a hamster)

4 : a structure of the body in the form of a bag


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Medical Definition of pouch 

: an anatomical structure resembling a bag or pocket a blind gastric pouch filled with bile and gastric juiceJournal of the American Medical Association

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