\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 {amp} Midland], sack

Synonyms: Verb

bag, balloon, beetle, belly, billow, bulge, bunch, jut, overhang, poke, 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

Earlier that season, Nelson had noticed the Mavericks batboy reaching into a pouch and putting a wad of black stuff in his mouth. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Nellie Fox's card inspiration for Big League Chew: 'My dad used to say it was lightning in a pouch'," 24 May 2018 Then store them all together in a pouch or container. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everyone Needs to Assemble a "Tick Kit" This Summer," 21 June 2017 The huge exterior pouch holds a wet rain fly, river shoes, and jacket—all at once. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 Alternatively, upper esophageal diverticula can be treated through an open surgical approach, where an incision is made in the neck and the pouch is removed. Colin Huntley, Philly.com, "Medical Mystery: What caused old man's swallowing trouble?," 29 June 2018 The single 28-liter main compartment includes a laptop sleeve and small mesh pouch. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Yeti Launches a Water Cooler and Backpack," 31 May 2018 Under Florez’s guidance, the students sewed by hand about 100 small pouches for the school nurse to use when fellow students lose a baby tooth during the school day. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "Sewing club at Waukegan elementary school gives students 'a sense of pride'," 17 May 2018 More than 600 schools across the country are using those Yondr cases, neoprene pouches that temporarily lock phones away using a mechanism somewhat like those old shoplifting-deterrent tags. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Science of the Smartphone Backlash," 15 Mar. 2018 According to Elle, the E.L.F. x Christian Siriano collection includes four items perfect for spring: a pale pink tinted lip oil, a bright pink matte lipstick, a vibrant eyeshadow palette, and a hot pink makeup pouch. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "E.L.F. Cosmetics Launches Christian Siriano Collaboration," 10 Feb. 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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