- Poach is defined as to cook in a liquid that is simmering or boiling, or to take something illegally or unfairly, especially game.
- An example of to poach is to cook a salmon steak in white wine.
- An example of to poach is to hunt a turkey from someone else's property.
Origin: Middle English pochen from Middle French pochier, to pocket from poche, pouch, pocket (from Frankish an unverified form pokka, pocket: for Indo-European base see poke): the yolk is “pocketed” inch(es) the white
- to soften, tear up, or make holes in (ground) by stamping; trample
- to mix with water until smooth
- to trespass on (private property), esp. for hunting or fishing
- to hunt or catch (game or fish) illegally, esp. by trespassing
- to take (anything) by unfair or illegal methods; steal
Origin: Fr pocher from Old French pochier, to tread upon, intrude from Middle High German bochen, puchen, to strike upon, plunder, akin to poke
- to sink into soft or wet earth when walking
- to become soggy or full of holes when trampled; turn into mud
- to hunt or fish illegally, esp. by trespassing on
- Racket Sports to return a shot near the net that was intended for one's partner in the back court
- poacher noun
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transitive verb poached, poach·ing, poach·es
Origin: Back-formation from Middle English poched, poached, from poche, dish of poached eggs, from Old French, from past participle of pochier, to poach eggs, from poche, pocket, bag (from their appearance), of Germanic origin.
- poachˈa·ble adjective
verb poached, poach·ing, poach·es verb, intransitive
- To trespass on another's property in order to take fish or game.
- To take fish or game in a forbidden area.
- To become muddy or broken up from being trampled. Used of land.
- To sink into soft earth when walking.
- a. To take or appropriate something unfairly or illegally.b. Sports To play a ball out of turn or in another's territory, as in doubles tennis.
- To trespass on (another's property) for fishing or hunting.
- To take (fish or game) illegally.
- To make (land) muddy or broken up by trampling.
- a. To take or appropriate unfairly or illegally.b. Sports To play (a ball) out of turn or in another's territory.
Origin: Obsolete French pocher, to poke, thrust, intrude, from Old French pochier, to poke, gouge, of Germanic origin.
- poachˈa·ble adjective