poach

1
[pohch]

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. po-face,
  2. po-faced,
  3. po.,
  4. poa,
  5. poaceous,
  6. poached,
  7. poacher,
  8. poaching,
  9. poachy,
  10. pob

Origin of poach

1
1520–30; earlier: to shove, thrust < Middle French pocher to gouge < Germanic; akin to poke1

Related formspoach·a·ble, adjective

poach

2
[pohch]

verb (used with object)

to cook (eggs, fish, fruits, etc.) in a hot liquid that is kept just below the boiling point.

Origin of poach

2
1350–1400; Middle English poche < Middle French pocher literally, to bag (the yolk inside the white), derivative of poche bag (French poche pocket) < Middle Dutch poke poke2

Related formspoach·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for poach

poach

1

verb

to catch (game, fish, etc) illegally by trespassing on private property
to encroach on or usurp (another person's rights, duties, etc) or steal (an idea, employee, etc)
tennis badminton to take or play (shots that should belong to one's partner)
to break up (land) into wet muddy patches, as by riding over it, or (of land) to become broken up in this way
(intr) (of the feet, shoes, etc) to sink into heavy wet ground

Word Origin for poach

C17: from Old French pocher, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch poken to prod; see poke 1

verb

to simmer (eggs, fish, etc) very gently in water, milk, stock, etc

Word Origin for poach

C15: from Old French pochier to enclose in a bag (as the yolks are enclosed by the whites); compare poke ²

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