Meaning of POCKET in English


n. & v.


1. a small bag sewn into or on clothing, for carrying small articles.

2 a pouchlike compartment in a suitcase, car door, etc.

3 one's financial resources (it is beyond my pocket).

4 an isolated group or area (a few pockets of resistance remain).

5 a a cavity in the earth containing ore, esp. gold. b a cavity in rock, esp. filled with foreign matter.

6 a pouch at the corner or on the side of a billiard- or snooker-table into which balls are driven.

7 air pocket.

8 (attrib.) a of a suitable size and shape for carrying in a pocket. b smaller than the usual size. (pocketed, pocketing)

1. put into one's pocket.

2 appropriate, esp. dishonestly.

3 confine as in a pocket.

4 submit to (an injury or affront).

5 conceal or suppress (one's feelings).

6 Billiards etc. drive (a ball) into a pocket.

Phrases and idioms:

in pocket 1 having gained in a transaction.

2 (of money) available.

in a person's pocket

1. under a person's control.

2 close to or intimate with a person. out of pocket having lost in a transaction. out-of-pocket expenses the actual outlay of cash incurred. pocket battleship hist. a warship armoured and equipped like, but smaller than, a battleship. pocket borough Brit. hist. a borough in which the election of political representatives was controlled by one person or family. pocket gopher GOPHER(1) 1. pocket knife a knife with a folding blade or blades, for carrying in the pocket.

pocket money

1. money for minor expenses.

2 Brit. an allowance of money made to a child. put one's hand in one's pocket spend or provide money.


pocketable adj. pocketless adj. pockety adj. (in sense 5 of n.).

Etymology: ME f. AF poket(e) dimin. of poke POKE(2)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.