- a small prunus tree (Prunus persica) with lance-shaped leaves, pink flowers, and round, juicy, orange-yellow or pinkish-yellow fruit having a fuzzy skin and a single, rough pit
- its fruit
- the orange-yellow or pinkish-yellow color of this fruit
- Slang any person or thing that is very good or is well liked
Origin of peachMiddle English peche ; from Old French pesche ; from Vulgar Latin persica ; from plural of Classical Latin persicum ; from Persicum (malum), Persian (apple)
Obs. to name in an indictment; impeach
Origin of peachMiddle English pechen, aphetic for apechen, via Anglo-French ; from Old French empechier, impeach
Slang to give evidence against another; turn informer
- a. A small Chinese tree (Prunus persica) in the rose family, widely cultivated throughout temperate regions, having pink flowers and edible fruit.b. The soft juicy fruit of this tree, having yellow or white flesh, downy reddish-yellow skin, and a deeply ridged stone containing a single seed.
- A light moderate to strong yellowish pink to light orange.
- Informal A particularly admirable or pleasing person or thing.
Origin of peachMiddle English peche, from Old French, a peach, from Latin persica, peach tree, from Greek persik&emacron;, from feminine of Persikos, Persian; see perse.
verbpeached, peach·ing, peach·es
To inform on someone; turn informer: “Middle-level bureaucrats cravenly peach on their bosses [when] one of them does something the tiniest bit illegal” (National Observer).
To inform against: “He has peached me and all the others, to save his life” (Daniel Defoe).
Origin of peachMiddle English pechen, from apechen, to accuse (probably from Anglo-Norman *anpecher, from Late Latin impedicare, to entangle; see impeach) and from empechen, to accuse; see impeach.
- (US, informal) A native or resident of Georgia in the United States.