\ 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 pouch (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 pouch passed from her fingers to his, disappearing into his coat. Ew Staff, EW.com, "First look: Realm Breaker is your next YA fantasy obsession," 1 Dec. 2020 At the end of their meeting, Edwards dipped his forefinger into a buckskin pouch that hung around his neck. Smithsonian Magazine, "The Case of the Autographed Corpse," 19 Nov. 2020 This set from SpaRitual includes a citrus cardamom hand salve and foot balm tucked into a reusable organic cotton pouch and is perfect for anyone who is missing their mani-pedis. Los Angeles Times, "The wellness gift guide for your stressed-out group chat," 30 Oct. 2020 Internal seams are taped and finished, and the pouch makes use of high-strength YKK zippers, paracord zipper pulls and high-tensile-strength nylon thread. Mike Dickerson, Outdoor Life, "8 Top Concealed Carry Options for Hikers, Runners, and Cyclists," 23 Oct. 2020 Later, a pouch was attached to the cushions that included items such as trading cards and pocket radios. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "A marketing genius - and Steve Jobs - made free Super Bowl seat pads a thing," 6 Feb. 2021 As the youngest says this, vocalist Minhyuk tears open a pouch of cookies and waves one around, gesturing in agreement and nodding his head like a churchgoer listening to a rousing sermon. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "The Evolution Of Monsta X," 27 Jan. 2021 Brisket and rib rubs are also sold by the pouch, plus shakers of bourbon and smoke wing seasoning and Tennessee hot spice (from $11). Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Stock your fridge and pantry with these 12 products made by Twin Cities restaurants," 15 Jan. 2021 Squeeze the pouch to push water through the filter directly into your mouth, or into a bottle for later use. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Reliable portable water filters for traveling or hiking," 8 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Last season, Milan’s schedule gave rise to some of the year’s biggest trends and must-have pieces, from a goth-grunge comeback à la Prada to pouch bags and braided sandals via Bottega Veneta (thanks Daniel Lee!). Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Is Milan Fashion Week Street Style The Hidden Gem Of Fashion Month?," 24 Feb. 2020 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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27 Feb 2021

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“Pouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pouch. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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