pouch

A pouch is a small container or bag, like the pouch full of dog treats you carry when you take your new puppy to obedience school. Sit! Stay! Good boy.

It used to be much more common for people to carry things around in pouches for safety and convenience — money pouches, mail pouches, tobacco pouches, and so on. Often these were drawstring bags that cinched securely at the top. The word came to be used for other things with a similar shape, including animal cavities meant for carrying babies (think a kangaroo's pouch) and various pocket-shaped receptacles.

Definitions of pouch
  1. noun
    a small or medium size container for holding or carrying things
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    mail pouch, mailbag
    pouch used in the shipment of mail
    pocket
    a small pouch inside a garment for carrying small articles
    sporran
    a fur or leather pouch worn at the front of the kilt as part of the traditional dress of Scottish Highlanders
    tobacco pouch
    a pouch for carrying pipe tobacco
    belt bag, waist pack
    a small pouch (usually with a zipper) that attaches to a belt and is worn around the waist
    breast pocket
    a pocket inside of a man's coat
    diplomatic pouch
    a mail pouch that is sealed shut and that is used to carry communications between a legation and its home office
    butt pack, fanny pack
    a waist pack worn with the pouch in back
    hip pocket
    a pocket in rear of trousers
    patch pocket
    a flat pocket sewn to the outside of a garment
    slash pocket
    a pocket in a garment (usually below the waist) to which access is provided by a vertical or diagonal slit in the outside of the garment
    vest pocket
    a small pocket in a man's vest
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    bag
    a flexible container with a single opening
  2. noun
    an enclosed space
    synonyms: pocket, sac, sack
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    cavity, enclosed space
    space that is surrounded by something
  3. noun
    (anatomy) saclike structure in any of various animals (as a marsupial or gopher or pelican)
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    gastric mill, gizzard, ventriculus
    thick-walled muscular pouch below the crop in many birds and reptiles for grinding food
    utricle, utriculus
    a small pouch into which the semicircular canals open
    atrial auricle, auricle, auricula atrii
    a small conical pouch projecting from the upper anterior part of each atrium of the heart
    auricula, auricular appendage, auricular appendix
    a pouch projecting from the top front of each atrium of the heart
    cheek pouch
    a membranous pouch inside the mouth of many rodents (as a gopher)
    marsupium
    an external abdominal pouch in most marsupials where newborn offspring are suckled
    scrotum
    the external pouch that contains the testes
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    sac
    a structure resembling a bag in an animal
  4. verb
    put into a small bag
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    bag
    put into a bag
  5. verb
    swell or protrude outwards
    synonyms: bulge, protrude
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    bulk
    stick out or up
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    change form, change shape, deform
    assume a different shape or form
  6. verb
    send by special mail that goes through diplomatic channels
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    get off, mail
    send via the postal service
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