pouch

noun
\ 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

pouch

verb
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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Other Words from pouch

Noun

pouched \ ˈpau̇cht How to pronounce pouched (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for pouch

Synonyms: Noun

bag, poke [chiefly Southern & Midland], sack

Synonyms: Verb

bag, balloon, beetle, belly, billow, bulge, bunch, jut, overhang, poke, pooch [chiefly dialect], pout, project, protrude, stand out, start, stick out, swell

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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

There might be an ominous display of mammatus clouds, the iconic pouch-like bags that hang beneath foreboding storms that usually are a sign of turbulence in the atmosphere. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "This North Pacific volcano just erupted after nearly a century of silence. Astronauts captured the breathtaking scene.," 27 June 2019 Bringing your whole wallet and car keys to the beach can be a nuisance, and these wallets turned necklace pouches are the perfect accessory for summer. Vogue, "6 Beach-Ready Styling Hacks From the Men of Pitti Uomo," 18 June 2019 The pouch is then contracted to squeeze out sea water and the food is swallowed. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pelican odd by design, graceful in flight," 13 June 2019 There’s no connection between the rectal canal and the vaginal pouch. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Can You Get Pregnant From Anal Sex? The Answer Might Surprise You," 12 June 2019 The four imps that are quickest to crawl the three inches from the birth canal to the pouch survive. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, "'Bad moms' of the animal kingdom are only trying to survive," 10 May 2019 Concertgoers were forced to lock up their phones Thursday in pouches provided by Yondr before entering the theater. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Lumineers share dark new songs about addiction at intimate, powerful Pabst Theater show in Milwaukee," 14 June 2019 There is a myth that pelicans use their large, flexible gular pouch to store food. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pelican odd by design, graceful in flight," 13 June 2019 Producers issued an unusually blunt warning about anyone trying to film the performance on their phones: All phones will be put in a locked pouch during the show and anyone smuggling one in will be ejected. Mark Kennedy, BostonGlobe.com, "Dave Chappelle’s coming to Broadway, so bag your phone," 12 June 2019

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1566, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pouch

Noun

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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pouch

noun

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

pouch

noun
\ 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

pouch

noun
\ ˈpau̇ch How to pronounce pouch (audio) \

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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