any of various fabrics for making the insides of pockets.

Nearby words

  1. pocketable,
  2. pocketbike,
  3. pocketbook,
  4. pocketed calculus,
  5. pocketful,
  6. pocketknife,
  7. pockies,
  8. pockmark,
  9. pockmarked,
  10. pocky

Origin of pocketing

First recorded in 1605–15; pocket + -ing1




a shaped piece of fabric attached inside or outside a garment and forming a pouch used especially for carrying small articles.
a bag or pouch.
means; financial resources: a selection of gifts to fit every pocket.
any pouchlike receptacle, compartment, hollow, or cavity.
an envelope, receptacle, etc., usually of heavy paper and open at one end, used for storing or preserving photographs, stamps, phonograph records, etc.: Each album has 12 pockets.
a recess, as in a wall, for receiving a sliding door, sash weights, etc.
any isolated group, area, element, etc., contrasted, as in status or condition, with a surrounding element or group: pockets of resistance; a pocket of poverty in the central city.
  1. a small orebody or mass of ore, frequently isolated.
  2. a bin for ore or rock storage.
  3. a raise or small slope fitted with chute gates.
Billiards, Pool. any of the pouches or bags at the corners and sides of the table.
a position in which a competitor in a race is so hemmed in by others that his or her progress is impeded.
Football. the area from which a quarterback throws a pass, usually a short distance behind the line of scrimmage and protected by a wall of blockers.
Bowling. the space between the headpin and the pin next behind to the left or right, taken as the target for a strike.
Baseball. the deepest part of a mitt or glove, roughly in the area around the center of the palm, where most balls are caught.
Nautical. a holder consisting of a strip of sailcloth sewed to a sail, and containing a thin wooden batten that stiffens the leech of the sail.
Anatomy. any saclike cavity in the body: a pus pocket.
an English unit of weight for hops equivalent to 168 pounds (76.4 kg).


small enough or suitable for carrying in the pocket: a pocket watch.
relatively small; smaller than usual: a pocket war; a pocket country.

verb (used with object)

to put into one's pocket: to pocket one's keys.
to take possession of as one's own, often dishonestly: to pocket public funds.
to submit to or endure without protest or open resentment: to pocket an insult.
to conceal or suppress: to pocket one's pride.
to enclose or confine in or as if in a pocket: The town was pocketed in a small valley.
Billiards, Pool. to drive (a ball) into a pocket.
to hem in (a contestant) so as to impede progress, as in racing.

Origin of pocket

1250–1300; Middle English poket < Old North French (Picard) poquet (Old French pochet, pochette), diminutive of poque < Middle Dutch poke poke2; see -et

Related formspock·et·less, adjectivepock·et·like, adjectiveun·pock·et, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for pocketing



a small bag or pouch in a garment for carrying small articles, money, etc
any bag or pouch or anything resembling this
  1. a cavity or hollow in the earth, etc, such as one containing gold or other ore
  2. the ore in such a place
a small enclosed or isolated areaa pocket of resistance
billiards snooker any of the six holes with pouches or nets let into the corners and sides of a billiard table
a position in a race in which a competitor is hemmed in
Australian rules football a player in one of two side positions at the ends of the groundback pocket; forward pocket
Southern African a bag or sack of vegetables or fruit
in one's pocket under one's control
in pocket having made a profit, as after a transaction
in the pocket rugby (of a fly half) in an attacking position slightly further back from play than normal, making himself available for a drop goal attempt
out of pocket having made a loss, as after a transaction
line one's pockets to make money, esp by dishonesty when in a position of trust
(modifier) suitable for fitting in a pocket; smalla pocket edition
(modifier) poker slang denoting a pair formed from the two private cards dealt to a player in a game of Texas hold 'empocket queens

verb -ets, -eting or -eted (tr)

to put into one's pocket
to take surreptitiously or unlawfully; steal
(usually passive) to enclose or confine in or as if in a pocket
to receive (an insult, injury, etc) without retaliating
to conceal or keep back (feelings)he pocketed his pride and accepted help
billiards snooker to drive (a ball) into a pocket
US (esp of the President) to retain (a bill) without acting on it in order to prevent it from becoming lawSee also pocket veto
to hem in (an opponent), as in racing
Derived Formspocketable, adjectivepocketless, adjective

Word Origin for pocket

C15: from Anglo-Norman poket a little bag, from poque bag, from Middle Dutch poke poke ², bag; related to French poche pocket

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Word Origin and History for pocketing
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Medicine definitions for pocketing




In anatomy, a cul-de-sac or pouchlike cavity.
A diseased space between the inflamed gum and the surface of a tooth.
A collection of pus in a nearly closed sac.


To enclose within a confined space.
To approach the surface at a localized spot, as with the thinned-out wall of an abscess which is about to rupture.

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Idioms and Phrases with pocketing


In addition to the idioms beginning with pocket

  • pocket money
  • pocket veto

also see:

  • deep pockets
  • in one's pocket
  • in pocket
  • line one's pockets
  • money burns a hole in one's pocket
  • out of pocket
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