POACH

poach

(verb) cook in a simmering liquid; “poached apricots”

poach

(verb) hunt illegally; “people are poaching elephants for their ivory”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology 1

Verb

poach (third-person singular simple present poaches, present participle poaching, simple past and past participle poached)

(transitive) To cook something in simmering liquid.

(intransitive) To be cooked in simmering liquid

To become soft or muddy.

To make soft or muddy.

(obsolete) To stab; to pierce; to spear, as fish.

(obsolete) To force, drive, or plunge into anything.

(obsolete) To begin and not complete.

Noun

poach (plural poaches)

The act of cooking in simmering liquid.

Etymology 2

Verb

poach (third-person singular simple present poaches, present participle poaching, simple past and past participle poached)

(transitive, intransitive) To take game or fish illegally.

(transitive, intransitive) To take anything illegally or unfairly.

(transitive, intransitive) To entice (an employee or customer) to switch from a competing company to one's own.

Noun

poach (plural poaches)

The act of taking something unfairly, as in tennis doubles where one player returns a shot that their partner was better placed to return.

Anagrams

• copha, phaco, phaco-, phoca

Source: Wiktionary


Poach, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Poached; p. pr. & vb. n. Poaching.] Etym: [F. pocher to place in a pocket, to poach eggs (the yolk of the egg being as it were pouched in the white), from poche pocket, pouch. See Pouch, v. &n.]

1. To cook, as eggs, by breaking them into boiling water; also, to cook with butter after breaking in a vessel. Bacon.

2. To rob of game; to pocket and convey away by stealth, as game; hence, to plunder. Garth.

Poach, v. i.

Definition: To steal or pocket game, or to carry it away privately, as in a bag; to kill or destroy game contrary to law, especially by night; to hunt or fish unlawfully; as, to poach for rabbits or for salmon.

Poach, v. t. Etym: [Cf. OF. pocher to thrust or dig out with the fingers, to bruise (the eyes), F. pouce thumb, L. pollex, and also E. poach to cook eggs, to plunder, and poke to thrust against.]

1. To stab; to pierce; to spear, \as fish. [Obs.] Carew.

2. To force, drive, or plunge into anything. [Obs.] His horse poching one of his legs into some hollow ground. Sir W. Temple.

3. To make soft or muddy by trampling Tennyson.

4. To begin and not complete. [Obs.] Bacon.

Poach, v. i.

Definition: To become soft or muddy. Chalky and clay lands . . . chap in summer, and poach in winter. Mortimer.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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