Definition of pouch in English:

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Pronunciation: /paʊtʃ/


1A small flexible bag, typically carried in a pocket or attached to a belt: a tobacco pouch webbing with pouches for stun grenades
More example sentences
  • 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.
bag, purse, wallet, sack, sac, pocket, container, receptacle;
Scottish  poke, sporran
historical reticule
1.1A lockable bag for mail or dispatches.
Example sentences
  • 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 pocket-like abdominal receptacle in which marsupials carry their young during lactation.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2.1Any of a number of pocket-like animal structures, such as those in the cheeks of rodents.
Example sentences
  • 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.
3 (often pouches) A baggy area of skin underneath a person’s eyes: he had deep pouches under his dark eyes
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  • 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.
  • 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.


[with object]
1Put into a pouch: he stopped, pouched his tickets, and plodded on
1.1 informal Succeed in securing: he pouched his fifth first prize by beating Higginson in the final
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  • 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.
1.2 Cricket Catch (the ball): Hick pouched his fourth catch with ease
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  • But the ball sailed straight upwards and he pouched the simplest of catches.
  • The teenage wicketkeeper then pouched two catches to remove both openers cheaply and wickets continued to tumble.
  • This time the catch was safely pouched by Vaughan in the gully.
2Make (part of a garment) hang like a pouch: the muslin is lightly pouched over the belt



Pronunciation: /paʊtʃt/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈpaʊtʃi/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with pouch

avouch, couch, crouch, debouch, grouch, ouch, slouch, vouch

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