Etymology: Middle English poket, from Anglo-French poket, pochete, diminutive of poke, pouche bag — more at pouch
Date: 15th century
a. a small bag carried by a person ; purse
b. a small bag that is sewed or inserted in a garment so that it is open at the top or side <coat pocket> 2. supply of money ; means 3. receptacle, container: as a. an opening at the corner or side of a billiard table b. a superficial pouch in some animals 4. a small often isolated area or group <pockets of unemployment>: a. a cavity containing a deposit (as of gold, water, or gas) b. air pocket 5. a place for a batten made by sewing a strip on a sail 6. a. blind alley b. the position of a contestant in a race hemmed in by others c. an area formed by blockers from which a football quarterback attempts to pass 7. the concave area at the base of the finger sections of a baseball glove or mitt in which the ball is normally caught • pocketful noun II. transitive verb Date: 1589 1. a. to put or enclose in or as if in one's pocket <pocketed the change> b. to appropriate to one's own use ; steal c. to refuse assent to (a bill) by a pocket veto 2. to put up with ; accept 3. to set aside ; suppress <pocketed his pride> 4. a. to hem in b. to drive (a ball) into a pocket of a pool table 5. to cover or supply with pockets • pocketable adjective III. adjective Date: 1612 1. a. small enough to be carried in the pocket b. small, miniature <a pocket park> 2. a. of or relating to money b. carried in or paid from one's own pocket
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.