Definition of pouch in English:

pouch

Syllabification: pouch
Pronunciation: /pouCH
 
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noun

  • 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
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    • 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.
    • Basic webbing ammunition belts and pouches were supplemented by as many bandoliers as the soldier could carry without falling down.
    • Kneeling, he took some birdfeed out of a pouch attached to his belt and placed it on Jack's cheek.
    Synonyms
    bag, purse, sack, sac, pocket
  • 1.1A lockable bag for mail or dispatches.
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    • A spokesman for Royal Mail said secure pouches were strategically positioned to give a better service of delivery.
    • A postwoman watched in amazement as two teenagers snatched her Royal Mail pouch bag full of letters while it was attached to her bike.
    • Royal Mail has applied for planning permission for pouch boxes, which are used to store additional delivery bags on heavy rounds.
  • 2A pocketlike abdominal receptacle in which marsupials carry their young during lactation.
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    • The primary difference is that the young are not raised in a special pouch, as in marsupials.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 2.1Any of a number of animal receptacles similar to a pouch, such as those in the cheeks of rodents.
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    • 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.
    • In the breeding season, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches develop throat pouches that allow them to carry food back to their young at the nest.

verb

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  • 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

Derivatives

pouched

adjective
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  • The broad firm cheeks droop into a pouched flush as they sink downward into his draggled lace collar.
  • Four resplendent Siberian chipmunks with their pouched cheeks and striped fur are wanted dead or alive after fleeing from an enclosure in southern England, a newspaper reported yesterday.
  • This group includes all of the pouched animals, such as opossums, kangaroos, and Tasmanian devils.

pouchy

adjective
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  • The best thing about a return to high waistbands is that ladies who enjoy their lunch can smooth away their pouchy tummies by investing in a sensible pair of ‘control’ knickers.
  • In my head, I was the gorgeous young thing running around with the aged pouchy bachelor, and it was the best relationship I'd ever been in.
  • His plump, pouchy features are positively pink with pleasure and he's clapping his hands delightedly.

Origin

Middle English (as a noun): from Old Northern French pouche, variant of Old French poche 'bag'. Compare with poke2.

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