\ ˈpau̇ch How to pronounce pouch (audio) \

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 How to pronounce pouched (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for pouch

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of pouch in a Sentence

Noun 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 Verb as he grew older, the skin on his neck pouched
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The laptop sleeve has another storage pouch, which easily fits my iPad. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Cotopaxi’s Allpa 35L Is a Gadget-Friendly Travel Bag. But Is It Right For You?," 24 Dec. 2019 But be careful with 100% juice boxes and pouches, the report said, because most contained more than 4 oz, which is the maximum daily amount of juice recommended for toddlers between the ages of 1 and 3. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Top 34 bestselling 'fruit' drinks for kids deemed unhealthy," 16 Oct. 2019 Clothe it in Phoozy's thermal pouch, which insulates and protects the device while extending its battery life. Matt Jancer, Wired, "The Best Gear for Not Trudging Through the Snow," 17 Dec. 2019 Along with pouches, pickle juice now comes in cans, bottles and jugs. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Pickle juice is a big dill for athletes. Here’s why they’re chugging it," 3 Dec. 2019 Look for handmade cork pouches, which can be used as a cosmetics case or a wallet, and make the perfect gift. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "What to Do, See, Eat, and Shop For in Lisbon, Portugal," 25 Nov. 2019 The staff has witnessed six births, during which dozens of baby seahorses about the size of a grain of rice emerge from their birth pouch. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Undersea ‘Hotels’ Deployed to Help Sydney’s Endangered Seahorses," 16 Dec. 2019 Each is in its own individual clear silicone pouch and, according to Ian Fichtenbaum, resembles a frozen hockey puck. Washington Post, "3-2-1-Cookoff! Astronauts to bake cookies with new test oven," 31 Oct. 2019 The pouches are safer and take up much less space than chemicals during transportation. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Disaster restoration and growing medical cannabis have something in common: ProKure Solutions," 27 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The company sells canned and pouched tuna, salmon, sardines, and specialty seafood products under the Bumble Bee, Brunswick, Sweet Sue, Snow’s, Beach Cliff and Wild Selections brands. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Bumble Bee Foods files for bankruptcy, plans to sell assets to Taiwan company for $925 million," 22 Nov. 2019 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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The first known use of pouch was in the 14th century

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24 Jan 2020

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“Pouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pouch. Accessed 29 Jan. 2020.

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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


\ ˈpau̇ch How to pronounce pouch (audio) \

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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