#EngVocab: “Bite-size” vs. “pocket-size”

Here is the question, do fellas know the meaning of these words, Bite-size or Pocket-size?These two words are usually used in learning literature and education context. For example, “BBC GCSE Bitesize revision” or “Pocket-size English Dictionary.”

But, are they different? Let’s go through it in this #EngVocab session of Bite-size vs Pocket-size session


“Bite-size” is an adjective, which is a word that explain the character of something/someone. “Bite-size” is defined as something small enough to fit in the mouth or be consumed in one or two bites; very small; or quickly or easily comprehended, resolved, etc.

In terms of learning/education, the third definition fits best. It also metaphorically fit the first definition (small enough to fit in the mouth or be consumed in one/two bites.) So. “BBC GCSE Bitesize revision” would mean smaller size GCSE studies’ information that can be comprehended quicker by the pupils.


“Pocket-size” is literally used to define something: of a size convenient for carrying in the pocket. So, “a Pocket-size English Dictionary” would literally mean the size of the dictionary can fit in your pocket. Yet, in reality most of the time it needs a really big pocket to fit it in though. So, “pocket size” is more of a size that is easily carried around for people, such as to be placed in a small bag or a jacket big pocket, or just carried by hand.

Besides in learning or education, “bite-size” and “pocket-size” are definitely also used in different contexts, such as in daily life. So, there you go. I hope this session has been useful in knowing the difference between Bite-size and Pocket-size :)



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