Definition of pouch in English:



  • 1A small flexible bag, typically carried in a pocket or attached to a belt:

    ‘a tobacco pouch’
    ‘webbing with pouches for stun grenades’
    • ‘Kneeling, he took some birdfeed out of a pouch attached to his belt and placed it on Jack's cheek.’
    • ‘She walked to the dresser, opened the jewelry box and pulled out the small velvet pouch.’
    • ‘He pulled open a pouch hanging from his belt.’
    • ‘Field packs, bags, belt cases, pouches and other carrying gear are available from manufacturers striving to capture consumers' attention.’
    • ‘She released his hand, and patted the bulging pouch on her belt.’
    • ‘Basic webbing ammunition belts and pouches were supplemented by as many bandoliers as the soldier could carry without falling down.’
    • ‘One of the popular sections at the exhibition is the one featuring leather goods such as bags, purses, belts and pouches.’
    • ‘I unzipped the side pouch on the bag and pulled out a new clip and loaded it.’
    • ‘A cross-belt might carry his carbine or contain an ammunition pouch.’
    • ‘He also pulled out a smaller, leather pouch.’
    • ‘He took a few practice swipes with it, and, upon finding no other place to put it, he placed it in a small pouch attached to his belt.’
    • ‘Then he placed it into the small leather pouch at his waist.’
    • ‘She opened the little pouch at her belt and placed the leaves there.’
    • ‘He hunched down on the seat across from him and opened up a little drawstring pouch around his waist.’
    • ‘He looked relieved, then reached into a pouch at his belt to produce his pipe and tobacco.’
    • ‘He untied the heavy pouch at his side and dropped it onto the floor.’
    • ‘The boy was digging through a pouch at his hip.’
    • ‘A pocket clip and a padded zippered carrying pouch are included.’
    • ‘The cartridges are carried in a clip in bunches of five, and these are carried in small leather pouches attached to the belt, several in a pouch.’
    • ‘Crane pushed his suspenders off his shoulders and grabbed at his pipe and fished his tobacco pouch from his pocket and began to stuff the pipe's bowl.’
    bag, purse, wallet, sack, sac, pocket, container, receptacle
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    1. 1.1 A lockable bag for mail or dispatches.
      • ‘A spokesman for Royal Mail said secure pouches were strategically positioned to give a better service of delivery.’
      • ‘Royal Mail has applied for planning permission for pouch boxes, which are used to store additional delivery bags on heavy rounds.’
      • ‘Ponder on each of them before you open the diplomatic pouches or make responses.’
      • ‘A postwoman watched in amazement as two teenagers snatched her Royal Mail pouch bag full of letters while it was attached to her bike.’
      • ‘The kangaroo pouch containing the letters lay open on the table.’
  • 2A pocket-like abdominal receptacle in which marsupials carry their young during lactation.

    • ‘A male with his brood pouch is seen in the foreground, and two enclosed females in the back.’
    • ‘They have a well developed marsupial pouch that opens anteriorly.’
    • ‘As everyone knows, baby kangaroos live in their mothers' pouches, and Joey is no exception.’
    • ‘By the time they leave the pouches, the young sphaeromid juveniles have acquired a limited but efficient ability to hyper-osmoregulate, which increases in subsequent stages.’
    • ‘Could the fossa be a link between the marsupial and the mammals without pouches?’
    • ‘Like their seahorse relatives, male seadragons brood the eggs but under their tail instead of in an abdominal pouch.’
    • ‘The female deposits her eggs into a brood pouch found on the belly of the male.’
    • ‘It's a unique, dog-like marsupial that climbs trees, lives for only five years, and carries its young in a pouch that faces backwards.’
    • ‘They eat blueberries, heather and grass, rear their young in pouches and die in heavy snow.’
    • ‘The young remains in the pouch another 6-8 weeks, until its spines begin to harden.’
    • ‘Other frog species have pouches to carry developing offspring, but the hip-pocket frog is the only one he knows of in which the male does the lugging.’
    • ‘Notice the brood pouches on the ventral surfaces of depicted males.’
    • ‘Two situations are considered, internal development of the embryos in closed incubating, brood or marsupial pouches, and external development in eggs exposed to the external medium.’
    • ‘The male seahorse has a pouch on its stomach in which to carry babies - as many as 2,000 at a time.’
    • ‘The functions of the brood, incubating and marsupial pouches should be further investigated in relation to their osmoprotective and perhaps also trophic roles for the embryos.’
    • ‘As soon as they are expelled from the pouch, the young are on their own.’
    • ‘Some lay their eggs in damp leaf litter, some create nests of foam, and some even carry their eggs or tadpoles in pouches on their backs.’
    • ‘The primary difference is that the young are not raised in a special pouch, as in marsupials.’
    • ‘Most development takes place in the pouch, and the lactation period is prolonged.’
    • ‘They are marsupials, which just describes the fact that they carry their young in a pouch.’
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    1. 2.1 Any of a number of pocket-like animal structures, such as those in the cheeks of rodents.
      • ‘He caught chipmunks whose cheek pouches were so stuffed with lodgepole pine seeds that not one more would fit.’
      • ‘Food is swallowed for transport, not carried in the pouch.’
      • ‘I sucked all the spit from the pouches of my cheeks, making a nice squishy sound.’
      • ‘In the breeding season, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches develop throat pouches that allow them to carry food back to their young at the nest.’
  • 3often pouchesA baggy area of skin underneath a person's eyes:

    ‘he had deep pouches under his dark eyes’
    • ‘But they were worried - worried about what the deep, blue pouches under his eyes meant, worried about the way he seemed always lost in thought during mealtimes.’
    • ‘When I looked at myself in the mirror these days, I saw tangled hair, baggy pouches over my cheeks, hollow, empty eyes.’
    • ‘It is pretty much impossible to turn back the negative effects of ongoing sleep deprivation - when it starts showing up in lackluster skin and pouches under the eyes, it's way too late.’


  • 1Put into a pouch:

    ‘he stopped, pouched his tickets, and plodded on’
    1. 1.1informal Succeed in securing:
      ‘he pouched his fifth first prize by beating Higginson in the final’
      • ‘Although efforts where made to train new employees to fill the gaps, two of the four trained where pouched by other, better paying ministries, while the other two died!’
      • ‘Because of the freefall, Jordan's technical staff was pouched by rival teams.’
      • ‘But once he had pouched that at the second attempt, he had little to scream and bawl about.’
    2. 1.2Cricket Catch (the ball):
      ‘Hick pouched his fourth catch with ease’
      • ‘They surely can't field like village green cricketers again - and I apologise now if that offends the weekend players who would have pouched five of the six dropped chances with their eyes shut.’
      • ‘This time the catch was safely pouched by Vaughan in the gully.’
      • ‘The teenage wicketkeeper then pouched two catches to remove both openers cheaply and wickets continued to tumble.’
      • ‘He pouched only one catch but it took him to 234, which equalled the record number of catches in the competition set by his predecessor.’
      • ‘But the ball sailed straight upwards and he pouched the simplest of catches.’
  • 2Make (part of a garment) hang like a pouch:

    ‘the muslin is lightly pouched over the belt’


Middle English (as a noun): from Old Northern French pouche, variant of Old French poche bag. Compare with poke.