- the illegal practice of trespassing on another's property to hunt or steal game without the landowner's permission.
- any encroachment on another's property, rights, ideas, or the like.
Origin of poaching
- to trespass, especially on another's game preserve, in order to steal animals or to hunt.
- to take game or fish illegally.
- (of land) to become broken up or slushy by being trampled.
- (in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) to play a ball hit into the territory of one's partner that is properly the partner's ball to play.
- Informal. to cheat in a game or contest.
- to trespass on (private property), especially in order to hunt or fish.
- to steal (game or fish) from another's property.
- to take without permission and use as one's own: to poach ideas; a staff poached from other companies.
- to break or tear up by trampling.
- to mix with water and reduce to a uniform consistency, as clay.
Origin of poach1
- to cook (eggs, fish, fruits, etc.) in a hot liquid that is kept just below the boiling point.
Origin of poach2
Related Words for poachingsmuggle, pilfer, intrude, filch, rob, plunder, appropriate, encroach, steal
Examples from the Web for poaching
Contemporary Examples of poaching
Now poaching is on the rise and wildlife conservation in peril.Ebola Could Deal a Death Blow to Africa’s Wildlife
November 3, 2014
Poaching fell off dramatically, and the black market price of ivory dropped.A World Without Elephants? Blame China
August 6, 2014
“We are reaching a point where deaths from poaching and natural mortality are overtaking the birth rate,” Cathy Dean said.Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too
February 18, 2014
Hillary Clinton has made the end of poaching her cause célèbre since leaving office.Clinton Unites African Leaders in Her Crusade Against Poaching
September 26, 2013
Sarkozy has looked to repeat his 2007 feat of poaching far-right support, while paying lip service to the centrists he needs.Against All Odds, Can Sarkozy Pull Out an Election Win vs. Hollande?
May 4, 2012
Historical Examples of poaching
Eggs for poaching should be perfectly fresh, or they will not keep a nice shape.The Skilful Cook
I took thee for an angler, and thou art but a poaching knave!Angling Sketches
"Off on one of his poaching expeditions, I suppose," said Bent.
He does a bit of rat-catching, and a bit of mole-catching—and a good deal of poaching.
Na, na, it's no the Waal that's to blame for the poaching and delinquencies on the game.St. Ronan's Well
Sir Walter Scott
- 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
- to simmer (eggs, fish, etc) very gently in water, milk, stock, etc
Word Origin for poach
"steal game," 1520s, "to push, poke," from Middle French pocher "to thrust, poke," from Old French pochier "poke out, gouge, prod, jab," from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German puchen "to pound, beat, knock," German pochen, Middle Dutch boken "to beat") related to poke (v.). Sense of "trespass for the sake of stealing" is first attested 1610s, perhaps via notion of "thrusting" oneself onto another's property, or perhaps from French pocher "to pocket" (see poach (v.2)). Related: Poached; poaching.
"cook in liquid," early 15c., from Old French poché, past participle of pochier (12c.), literally "put into a pocket" (as the white of an egg forms a pocket for the yolk), from poche "bag, pocket," from Frankish *pokka "bag," from Proto-Germanic *puk- (see poke (n.)). Related: Poached; poaching.