\ 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 pouch is the first product in her Once Upon a Farm line made with produce from her family’s farm in Locust Grove, Oklahoma, where her mom Patricia grew up. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Garner Smiles as She Proudly Shows Off Her Gigantic Sunflowers: 'Come on, July'," 13 July 2020 To use it, gather the natural water into the pouch. Matt Haines, CNN Underscored, "Why backcountry camping could be the perfect vacation this year," 9 July 2020 It's got an inner zip pouch and drawstring closure and the bucket-style silhouette that will be great for day-to-day wear. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "Alice + Olivia is having a must-shop warehouse sale and everything's up to 80% off," 25 June 2020 The bundle also includes the Fin finger vibrator and a zippered travel pouch. Wired Staff, Wired, "The 18 Best Weekend Deals on Videogames, Sex Tech, and More," 27 June 2020 The flaccid pouch at his neck tumesces with song, sharp little honks that sound like didgeridoo notes. Anna Peele, Washington Post, "The Gray Cockatoo Is Lonely Without You," 24 June 2020 With an insulated pouch, cup holder, and extra storage pocket that holds up to four drinks, there’s no need to lug a large cooler along on your summer travels. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, "This Tricked Out Beach Chair Is the Only Place We’re Sitting This Summer," 16 June 2020 Seahorse fathers will carry the eggs in a special brood pouch for up to four weeks before giving birth. Bridget E. Hamilton, National Geographic, "Amazing animal dads," 16 June 2020 These keto-friendly coconut butter cups contain less than 1 gram of sugar per cup (seven cups per pouch) and are also vegan and gluten-free. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to make ice cream in a Mason jar," 15 June 2020 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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20 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pouch. Accessed 8 Aug. 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


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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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