\ 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 Deluxe travel-sizes of Sturm's facial scrub, cleanser, face cream, hyaluronic acid serum, calming serum, and hydrating face mask make up the impossible-to-overlook holographic pouch of products. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Why Dr. Barbara Sturm's Winter Essentials Kit Is Worth It," 6 Nov. 2019 The seaweed used for the capsule has also been used by Notpla to create water capsules, a handy pouch of liquid for runners in the London Marathon. oregonlive, "‘Alcoholic Tide Pods’: Everyone is very confused about the newest way to drink whisky," 7 Oct. 2019 Using a heavy mallet or pot, crack spices in pouch. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mulled Cider," 27 Sep. 2019 When not in use, simply roll the netting up into the zipper pouches in the 50+ UPF sun canopy which becomes the chair’s carry bag. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Foldable Canopy Chair with Bug Netting Just Changed Summertime Sitting for Good," 9 July 2019 Investigators testified to finding a Ruger handgun, a magazine with 9 mm rounds and a bag and a small pouch with additional bullets near Gomez in the ravine. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Accused gunman to stand trial in San Diego cop-killing death penalty case," 19 June 2019 Premium coffee beans are sealed in air-tight pouches in a freezer at the ONA Coffee cafe in Sydney, Australia. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Freezing Your Coffee Beans? The Experts Say You’re Doing It All Wrong," 12 Feb. 2019 Children wore new backpacks, tags still dangling, that held composition notebooks and pencil pouches. Washington Post, "Struggling for a way forward after hurricane’s devastation," 14 Sep. 2019 For those who care (and many high-end EV buyers do), the batteries are made by LG Chem in the pouch style. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Meet Taycan, Porsche’s first all-electric sports car and Tesla’s latest challenger," 4 Sep. 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


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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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


\ 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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