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

Pinch the outside of the dough up around the cream cheese and bacon to form little pouches about the size of a golf ball. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "11 ridiculously easy and delicious last-minute Super Bowl recipes," 2 Feb. 2018 And Courreges’ was a trendy white nylon bag scrunched into a camping-style toggle pouch with the show information inside. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Starry Saint Laurent show in Paris sees models walk on water," 25 Sep. 2018 Each carry-on comes with a little pouch, within it a detachable bag to separate your dirty clothes from your clean ones. Kevin Nguyen, GQ, "The Best Carry-On Luggage Can Take a Beating," 14 June 2018 Fans can also win a pouch by entering the deathwishcoffee.com/space contest. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "What is Death Wish Coffee? ‘World’s strongest coffee’ soaring into space," 11 June 2018 Inside, the Lodgepole is sparse on details, with a small mesh storage pouch on either side. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Testing Backcountry.com’s New Camping Gear," 1 June 2018 This leather pouch is made from genuine leather that's sourced, tanned, and constructed in the United States. The Editors, Outside Online, "17 Graduation Gifts for Her," 24 Apr. 2018 Snowbird, for example, is offering employee carpoolers free reusable water pouches every five rides, a transferable half-price lift ticket for every 10 rides and chance to ski on a closed run with friends. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Ski Resorts Fight Climate Change With Snow Blowers and Buses," 26 Mar. 2018 The Caraa x Athleta Convertible Backpack ($138; athleta.com) is super sleek, and features the same space for shoes and even a detachable pouch. Lisa Desantis, Health.com, "This Is the New Gym Bag Everyone Is Going to Be Obsessed With," 1 Mar. 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

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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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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