designed to be carried in the pocket of the vest, in a purse, or in a similarly small space; miniature: a vest-pocket dictionary.
very small: a vest-pocket version of Versailles.

Origin of vest-pocket

First recorded in 1910–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vest-pocket

Historical Examples of vest-pocket

  • He wasn't as big as all out doors, nor he wasn't any vest-pocket edition either.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • Cheyne drew a cigar from his vest-pocket, bit off the end, and fell to smoking.

    "Captains Courageous"

    Rudyard Kipling

  • "Here is the money," said Ben, drawing it from his vest-pocket.

  • "Here it is," said Ben, producing the exact amount from his vest-pocket.

  • He drew from his vest-pocket a neat gold ring, with some sort of a stone in the setting.

    The Errand Boy

    Horatio Alger

British Dictionary definitions for vest-pocket



(modifier) mainly US small enough to fit into a waistcoat pocket
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