A pocket is a small
a bag-like receptacle either fastened to
or inserted in an article of
There was a sack called a pocket which was
used particularly for storing 168 to 224
lb (76 to 102 kg) of hops.
The word appears in Middle English as
poket, and is taken from a Norman diminutive
of O. Fr. poke, pouque, mod. poche, cf.
The form poke is now only used dialectically,
or in such proverbial sayings as "a
pig in a poke," and possibly in the
the coal-scuttle bonnet fashionable during
the first part of the 19th century, and
now worn by the female members of the
Salvation Army; more probably the name
of the bonnet is connected with poke, to
thrust forward, dig. The origin of this
is obscure. Dutch has poken, pook, a dagger;
Swedish pk, a stick.
A fob pocket is a small pocket designed
to hold an old style pocket watch in mens'
trousers and vests.
Adapted from the
1911 Encyclopedia Britannica