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

Diverticula are small yet bulging pouches, which form within the body’s digestive system lining. Nicole Skrobin, chicagotribune.com, "The role medical cannabis plays in treating diverticulitis," 10 Sep. 2019 With China out of the picture there is essentially no market for plastic shipping pouches, especially since the stickers pasted on the outside are also hard to separate. Elena Shao, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco is surviving the global recycling crisis. But it’s not easy," 9 Sep. 2019 Fold a sheet of newspaper into a pouch, and secure it with clear tape. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Frilly Favors," 9 Sep. 2019 The mummy’s accompanying funerary objects, including a small clay jar, pouches, maize, beans, grasses and coca, will be exhibited in the Bolivian city through November 2. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "500-Year-Old Inca Mummy Repatriated to Bolivia," 22 Aug. 2019 Among the supplies requested are backpacks (transparent or mesh), colored pencils, construction paper, copy paper, crayons, filler paper, markers, pencils, pencil pouches, pens, rulers and scissors. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Westchase group hosting back-to-school supply drive," 1 July 2019 Shop Now: Jacquemus Le Petit Baci pouch, $370, at SSense. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Wears a Head-to-Toe Jacquemus Look on Vacation," 30 Mar. 2019 The pouch, carried by Komid officials’ wives about to fly out of Uganda, was taken into the custody of Uganda’s Foreign Ministry, which placed the gold bars in Uganda’s central bank, these people say. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Never Take Their Photos: Tracking the Commandos, North Korea’s Secret Export," 9 Dec. 2018 The Katz’s kit includes roughly three-quarters of a pound of pastrami (hand-sliced in a plastic pouch that should be steamed or quickly boiled to loosen), rye bread and a small jar of spicy deli mustard. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Katz’s with catches: Famed pastrami coming to South Florida," 22 Aug. 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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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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