from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small bag often closing with a drawstring and used especially for carrying loose items in one's pocket.
  • n. A bag or sack used to carry mail or diplomatic dispatches.
  • n. A leather bag or case for carrying powder or small-arms ammunition.
  • n. A sealed plastic or foil container used in packaging frozen or dehydrated food.
  • n. Something resembling a bag in shape: one's pouches under one's eyes.
  • n. Zoology A saclike structure, such as the cheek pockets of the gopher or the external abdominal pocket in which marsupials carry their young.
  • n. Anatomy A pocketlike space in the body: the pharyngeal pouch.
  • n. Scots A pocket.
  • n. Archaic A purse for small coins.
  • transitive v. To place in or as if in a pouch; pocket.
  • transitive v. To cause to resemble a pouch.
  • transitive v. To swallow. Used of certain birds or fishes.
  • intransitive v. To assume the form of a pouch or pouchlike cavity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small bag usually closed with a drawstring
  • n. A pocket in which a marsupial carries its young
  • n. Any pocket or bag shaped object; as, a cheek pouch
  • v. To enclose within a pouch.
  • v. To transport within a pouch, especially a diplomatic pouch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small bag; usually, a leathern bag
  • n. That which is shaped like, or used as, a pouch.
  • n. A protuberant belly; a paunch; -- so called in ridicule.
  • n. A sac or bag for carrying food or young.
  • n. A cyst or sac containing fluid.
  • n. A silicle, or short pod, as of the shepherd's purse.
  • n. A bulkhead in the hold of a vessel, to prevent grain, etc., from shifting.
  • transitive v. To put or take into a pouch.
  • transitive v. To swallow; -- said of fowls.
  • transitive v. To pout.
  • transitive v. To pocket; to put up with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pocket; put into a pouch or pocket; inclose as in a pouch or sack.
  • To swallow, as a bird or fish.
  • To pocket; submit quietly to.
  • To fill the pockets of; provide with money.
  • To purse up.
  • To form a pouch; bag.
  • n. A bag or sack of any sort; especially, a poke or pocket, or something answering the same purpose, as the bag carried at the girdle in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and serving as a purse to carry small articles.
  • n. A mail-pouch. See mail-bag.
  • n. In zoology, a dilated or sac-like part, capable of containing something.
  • n. In botany, a silicle; also, some other purselike vessel, as the sac at the base of some petals.
  • n. In anatomy, a cæcum, especially when dilated or saccular, or some similar sac or recess. See cut under lamprey.
  • n. A bag for shot or bullets; hence, after the introduction of cartridges, a cartridge-box.
  • n. A small bulkhead or partition in a ship's hold to prevent grain or other loose cargo from shifting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put into a small bag
  • v. swell or protrude outwards
  • n. an enclosed space
  • n. (anatomy) saclike structure in any of various animals (as a marsupial or gopher or pelican)
  • v. send by special mail that goes through diplomatic channels
  • n. a small or medium size container for holding or carrying things


Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Northern French pouche, borrowed from Old French poche, puche (whence French poche; compare also the Anglo-Norman variant poke), of Germanic origin: from Old Low Franconian *poka (“pouch”) (compare Middle Dutch poke, Old English pocca, dialectal German Pfoch) or Frankish. Compare pocket, poke. (Wiktionary)


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