Definition of pouch in US English:



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

    ‘a tobacco pouch’
    ‘webbing with pouches for stun grenades’
    • ‘The boy was digging through a pouch at his hip.’
    • ‘A pocket clip and a padded zippered carrying pouch are included.’
    • ‘She walked to the dresser, opened the jewelry box and pulled out the small velvet pouch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I unzipped the side pouch on the bag and pulled out a new clip and loaded it.’
    • ‘He hunched down on the seat across from him and opened up a little drawstring pouch around his waist.’
    • ‘She opened the little pouch at her belt and placed the leaves there.’
    • ‘Basic webbing ammunition belts and pouches were supplemented by as many bandoliers as the soldier could carry without falling down.’
    • ‘He looked relieved, then reached into a pouch at his belt to produce his pipe and tobacco.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He untied the heavy pouch at his side and dropped it onto the floor.’
    • ‘He also pulled out a smaller, leather pouch.’
    • ‘He pulled open a pouch hanging from his belt.’
    • ‘A cross-belt might carry his carbine or contain an ammunition pouch.’
    • ‘Field packs, bags, belt cases, pouches and other carrying gear are available from manufacturers striving to capture consumers' attention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then he placed it into the small leather pouch at his waist.’
    • ‘Kneeling, he took some birdfeed out of a pouch attached to his belt and placed it on Jack's cheek.’
    • ‘She released his hand, and patted the bulging pouch on her belt.’
    • ‘One of the popular sections at the exhibition is the one featuring leather goods such as bags, purses, belts and pouches.’
    bag, purse, wallet, sack, sac, pocket, container, receptacle
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    1. 1.1 A lockable bag for mail or dispatches.
      • ‘Royal Mail has applied for planning permission for pouch boxes, which are used to store additional delivery bags on heavy rounds.’
      • ‘A spokesman for Royal Mail said secure pouches were strategically positioned to give a better service of delivery.’
      • ‘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.

    • ‘The young remains in the pouch another 6-8 weeks, until its spines begin to harden.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The female deposits her eggs into a brood pouch found on the belly of the male.’
    • ‘They eat blueberries, heather and grass, rear their young in pouches and die in heavy snow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are marsupials, which just describes the fact that they carry their young in a pouch.’
    • ‘Most development takes place in the pouch, and the lactation period is prolonged.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A male with his brood pouch is seen in the foreground, and two enclosed females in the back.’
    • ‘Could the fossa be a link between the marsupial and the mammals without pouches?’
    • ‘As soon as they are expelled from the pouch, the young are on their own.’
    • ‘As everyone knows, baby kangaroos live in their mothers' pouches, and Joey is no exception.’
    • ‘Like their seahorse relatives, male seadragons brood the eggs but under their tail instead of in an abdominal pouch.’
    • ‘They have a well developed marsupial pouch that opens anteriorly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Notice the brood pouches on the ventral surfaces of depicted males.’
    • ‘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.’
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    1. 2.1 Any of a number of pocket-like animal structures, such as those in the cheeks of rodents.
      • ‘Food is swallowed for transport, not carried in the pouch.’
      • ‘In the breeding season, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches develop throat pouches that allow them to carry food back to their young at the nest.’
      • ‘I sucked all the spit from the pouches of my cheeks, making a nice squishy sound.’
      • ‘He caught chipmunks whose cheek pouches were so stuffed with lodgepole pine seeds that not one more would fit.’


[with object]
  • 1Put into a pouch.

    ‘he stopped, pouched his tickets, and plodded on’
  • 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.