[ pouch ]
/ paʊtʃ /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to form a pouch or a cavity resembling a pouch.

Nearby words

  1. potwaller,
  2. potwalloper,
  3. potyomkin,
  4. potëmkin,
  5. pou sto,
  6. pouched,
  7. pouched rat,
  8. pouchy,
  9. poudrage,
  10. poudrette

Origin of pouch

1350–1400; Middle English pouche < Anglo-French, variant of Old French poche; also poke, poque bag. See poke2

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British Dictionary definitions for pouch


/ (paʊtʃ) /



Derived Formspouchy, adjective

Word Origin for pouch

C14: from Old Norman French pouche, from Old French poche bag; see poke ²

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Word Origin and History for pouch



early 14c., "bag for carrying things," especially (late 14c.) "small bag in which money is carried," from Anglo-French puche, Old North French pouche (13c.), Old French poche "purse, poke," all from a Germanic source (cf. Old English pocca "bag;" see poke (n.1)). Extended to cavities in animal bodies from c.1400.

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Medicine definitions for pouch


[ pouch ]


A pocketlike space in the body.

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