Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
POUCH, n., v. Also pootch, poutch, ¶puch. Dim. poochie, pouchie. Sc. forms and usages. [putʃ]
I. n. 1. A pocket in a garment (w.Sc. 1741 A. McDonald Galick Vocab. 19). Gen.Sc. Hence pouchfu, pouchle (Ags.), a pocketful. Also attrib. in combs. pouch-flap, -lid, a pocket-flap, poutch-pistol, a pocket pistol, pouch-room, pocket-space.
Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 23:
Cleek a' ye can be Hook or Crook, Ryp ilky Poutch frae Nook to Nook. Sc. 1725 Ramsay Gentle Shep. iii. iv.:
He buys some Books . . . And carries ay a Poutchfu' to the Hill. Ayr. 1789 Burns Second Ep. to Davie vi.:
Just the pouchie put the nieve in. Ags. 1794 W. Anderson Piper of Peebles 15:
The short poutch-pistol that had shot Him dead, out-by a bit they got. Per. 1805 Session Papers, Scott v. Carmichael (1 Oct.) Proof 42:
He had them [letters] in his pouch. Ayr. 1822 Galt Sir A. Wylie ii.:
A carle that daunered about the doors wi' his hands in his pouches, and took them out at meal-time. Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 263:
Waistcoats with pouch-flaps side on the thee. ne.Sc. 1888 D. Grant Keckleton 8:
She [a watch]'s keepit time for me for the best pairt o' sixty years . . . I think ye'll find her weel worth pouch-room for some years yet. Sh. 1896 J. Burgess Lowra Biglan 56:
Kirstie had him upo da but-room fluir and wis huntin troo his pooches. Abd. 1913 Abd. Jnl. N. & Q. VI. 43:
There is nae paddin sae usefu as the kind that sets oot the pooch-lids. Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 7:
A was vext A hedna socht a piece i ma pootch for ti mootle i the road. Ork. 1929 Peace's Almanac 138:
I keep da bit o' breek here i' me pooch tae dicht my specs.
2. The pocket as containing one's money or cash, one's purse or finances. Gen.Sc. Hence comb. pouch-strings, purse-strings.
Bnff. 1787 W. Taylor Poems 3:
Wi' a toom pouch an' plenishin' but mean. Rnf. 1827 W. Taylor Poems 76:
Yer pouch did pay for a'. Peb. 1836 J. Affleck Poet. Wks. 132:
Frae her pouch a crown she houkit. Edb. 1843 J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie i.:
Glaiket lasses, wha will tug at my pouch-strings, and wheedle me. Abd. 1910 13 :
Near deed never helpit the Kirkyard nor yet the bellman's pooch. Gsw. 1913 J. J. Bell Courtin' Christina i.:
It's terrible to see the number o' young folk that winna walk if they've a bawbee in their pooch. Abd. 1920 G. P. Dunbar Peat Reek 21:
For gin we'd siller in oor pooch, we wisna feart tae spen'. ne.Sc. 1966 :
Your hinmaist gounie has nae pouches — i.e. you can't take your money with you when you die. Tae brak wi a full pouch — to go bankrupt after secretly retaining enough resources to start up in business again.
Special combs., phrs. and deriv.: (1) Benachie pooches, the front pockets in the trousers of a farm servant (Abd.30 1966); (2) dorty pouches, the sulks (Per. 1966). See Dorty; (3) granny pooch, a detachable pocket worn by women in the form of a little bag tied round the waist with tape; (4) half-past my pouch, an evasive answer to the question “What's the time?” (Fif. 1910); (5) leather pouch, jocularly, the stomach; (6) pouchless, adj., pocketless, fig., having no money, poverty stricken; (7) to be a' erse an pooches, of a stout man or boy: to have a big seat, to be broad in the beam (Abd. 1966). See Erse; (8) to hae (a person) in one's pooch, to have (someone) under one's surveillance or control; (9) to keep one's pouch, see Keep, I. 5. (13); (10) to lauch like a pooch (on pey-day), of persons: to laugh heartily, to wear a broad grin resembling the gape of a pocket stuffed with money.
(3) Ork. 1959 :
The granny pooch with which I was very familiar was tied round the waist “wi trappeen” (tape). As I remember, it was worn under the apron and sometimes under a thin cotton or print skirt. (5) Ags. 1966 :
Pit that in your leather pouch, = eat it. (6) Mry. 1804 R. Couper Poetry II. 105:
Pouchless youth, pensive and blae, Press'd up life's weary, hopeless brae. (8) Bnff. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 16:
I hidna Jimmie aye in ma pooch, bit gin he wis the rascal, I'se —. (10) Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond B. Bowden (1922) 103:
On Thursday, forenicht, he comes in, efter he'd gotten Donald stabled, lauchin' like a pooch. Ags. 1948 J. C. Rodger Mary Ann 4:
So here she wiz, lauchin' like a pooch on pey-dey.
3. A pocket-like hollow made with a flap of loose skin when preparing a piece of meat for stuffing.
Sc. 1826 M. Dods Manual ii. 31:
In roasting the hind quarter the flap of the loin may be stuffed, using the superfluous fat for the forcemeat. This is an old Scottish practice, which Meg Dods called, “makin' a pouch.”
5. The shag or cormorant, Phalacrocorax, from the distendible pouch below its bill (Sh. 1966).
II. v. 1. To put (something) into one's pocket, take possession of, either legitimately or dishonestly; fig. to steal, “pocket”, make off with. Gen.Sc. Deriv. poucher, a pilferer, petty thief (‡Abd. 1966). Phr. to pouch up, fig., to accept without protest, put up with.
Sc. 1720 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 149:
Shou'd London poutch up a' the Gear? Sc. 1746 Lyon in Mourning (S.H.S.) II. 101:
The Prince catches a small coad, which he puch'd and immediately went hom, stood by till it was dresst for supper. Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 190:
They pouch the gowd, nor fash the town For weights an' scales to weigh them. Lnk. 1816 G. Muir Minstrelsy 5:
To pouch the wage they dinna seem unlaith. Sc. 1820 Scott Ivanhoe xxxiii.:
I will pouch up no such affront before my parishioners. Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 384:
I would as soon become a real thief at once as a petty poucher; . . . those who pouch at funerals are the most hateful race of pouchers. Abd. 1826 D. Anderson Poems 19:
As mickle's I cou'd pouch or eat. Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxiv.:
I pouched it on the sly. Rxb. 1896 J. C. Dibdin Cleekim Inn xi.:
Gold, ay, ay; it may be, but pooch yer trash an' gang yer ways. Edb. 1915 T. W. Paterson Auld Saws 80:
The chiels that rush the diggin's, May no bag a' the cunzie, Yet pooch a chunk or twa. Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 9:
An' pooch their easy fee.
2. To eat (something) greedily and with relish, to gulp down (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 132, pootch; Bnff., Ags. 1966); ppl.adj. pootchin, greedy, voracious, gluttonous; corpulent (Sc. 1911 S.D.D. Add.).
He's a greedy pootchin' boosht.
3. Ppl.adj. pooched, of land: badly-drained, full of subsidences and pockets of water. Cf. I. 4.
Clc. 1952 Scotsman (9 Oct.):
If carse land drainage were affected, the land became “pooched,” wet and full of rushes.
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