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.

Primary Meanings of pouch

a small or medium size container for holding or carrying things
put into a small bag
send by special mail that goes through diplomatic channels
Full Definitions of pouch

n 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
a small pouch inside a garment for carrying small articles
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
Type of:
a flexible container with a single opening

n an enclosed space

pocket, sac, sack
Type of:
cavity, enclosed space
space that is surrounded by something

n (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)
an external abdominal pouch in most marsupials where newborn offspring are suckled
the external pouch that contains the testes
Type of:
a structure resembling a bag in an animal

v put into a small bag

Type of:
put into a bag

v swell or protrude outwards

bulge, protrude
stick out or up
Type of:
change form, change shape, deform
assume a different shape or form

v send by special mail that goes through diplomatic channels

Type of:
get off, mail
send via the postal service

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