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/ pɜrtʃ /


verb (used without object)

to alight or rest upon a perch.
to settle or rest in some elevated position, as if on a perch.

verb (used with object)

to set or place on or as if on a perch.
to inspect (cloth) for defects and blemishes after it has been taken from the loom and placed upon a perch.

Nearby words

  1. perceptual,
  2. perceptual defence,
  3. perceptual mapping,
  4. perceval,
  5. perceval, spencer,
  6. perchance,
  7. perche,
  8. percher,
  9. percheron,
  10. perchery

Origin of perch

1250–1300; Middle English perche < Old French < Latin pertica pole, staff, measuring rod

Related formsperch·a·ble, adjectiveun·perched, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for perched


/ (pɜːtʃ) /



(usually foll by on) to alight, rest, or cause to rest on or as if on a perchthe bird perched on the branch; the cap was perched on his head
(tr) to inspect (cloth) on a perch
Derived Formspercher, noun

Word Origin for perch

C13 perche stake, from Old French, from Latin pertica long staff


/ (pɜːtʃ) /

noun plural perch or perches

any freshwater spiny-finned teleost fish of the family Percidae, esp those of the genus Perca, such as P. fluviatilis of Europe and P. flavescens (yellow perch) of North America: valued as food and game fishes
any of various similar or related fishes
Related formsRelated adjective: percoid

Word Origin for perch

C13: from Old French perche, from Latin perca, from Greek perkē; compare Greek perkos spotted

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Word Origin and History for perched
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