\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But when threatened, this furry marsupial will create a diversion by expelling offspring from its pouch by relaxing the muscles, allowing its charge to fall to the ground. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 8 May 2022 Once born, the animal immediately crawls through the mother's fur to enter her pouch. Maureen Mackey, Fox News, 30 Apr. 2022 At the end of the video, the opossum — and the four joeys in her pouch — move out of CROW's indoor facility into their outdoor rehab. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 8 Apr. 2022 Some of them, like, say, an ancient threadbare stuffed Kanga with the little Roo in her pouch that belonged to your mother, are freighted with so many emotions and memories that living without them is unthinkable. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 Each pouch contains bite-sized chunks of antibiotic-free chicken packed with a craveable spicy-sweet flavor for a snack that’s high in protein, big on flavor, and kinder to the planet. Katie Chang, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Stock up on all your essentials in travel sizes that can come with you in your carry-on, and keep the army of mini products in their own travel pouch. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2021 These come with a pouch for storage and an instruction guide. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2022 Some place test strips inside white, rectangular cards of paper that feature a pink stripe, before sealing them into a pouch. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Miami can pouch another team’s practice squad player by offering him more money, but teams have the opportunity to match, or improve a player’s weekly practice squad salary. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 25 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 4 May 2018 An exotic pet dealer imported 800 animals from Africa, including giant pouched rats, dormice and rope squirrels. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2017 No giant pouched rats, but the majority of traps have yet to be set. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2017 Giant pouched rats, dormice and squirrels are the chief suspects, but there could be others. Washington Post, 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, 23 Oct. 2017 See More

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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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“Pouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pouch. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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\ 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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