peach

noun
\ ˈpēch How to pronounce peach (audio) \

Definition of peach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a low spreading freely branching Chinese tree (Prunus persica) of the rose family that has lanceolate leaves and sessile usually pink flowers and is widely cultivated in temperate areas for its edible fruit which is a single-seeded drupe with a hard central stone, a pulpy white or yellow flesh, and a thin fuzzy skin
b : the edible fruit of the peach
2 : a moderate yellowish pink
3 : one resembling a peach (as in sweetness, beauty, or excellence)

peach

verb
peached; peaching; peaches

Definition of peach (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to inform against : betray

intransitive verb

: to turn informer : blab

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Verb

If you guessed that the origin of this verb peach has something to do with a slightly fuzzy fruit, you are unfortunately incorrect. The fruit peach is an unrelated word that traces back to the Latin phrase malum persicum, literally meaning "Persian fruit." The verb that we are featuring today evolved from Middle English apechen ("to accuse"), itself an offspring of an Anglo-French verb meaning "to ensnare." That Anglo-French word is also an ancestor of the English verb impeach, meaning "to bring an accusation against." Both of these English verbs can be traced back further to a Latin word for a shackle for the feet, and that word is itself rooted in ped-, pes, meaning "foot."

Examples of peach in a Sentence

Noun

fondly remembers his old Studebaker as being a peach of a car

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Add vinaigrette mixture and lightly toss together so not to bruise the peaches. House Beautiful, "Todd English's Surf & Turf Recipe at Kitchen of the Year," 20 July 2012 One benefit of living in the Bay area is a shift in seasons that means gorgeous peaches are still available. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Desperation Dinners: Rockfish with Peach Salsa," 28 Sep. 2011 Here's a cheat sheet for how to grill up everything from steak to burgers to peaches —and everything in between. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grill Like a Pro This Summer," 20 May 2019 Where the Naked3 has brownish pinks and plums covered, Cherry leans into peach on the lighter end, and reddish purples on the darker. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Swatches for Urban Decay's Naked Cherry Palette Are Drop-Dead Gorgeous," 4 Sep. 2018 Fold in peaches, toasted walnuts, and crumbled blue cheese. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Peach, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Salad," 25 July 2018 Gin goes well with tarragon or rosemary, and whiskey likes the bright touch of peaches or apricots. Kevin Hopper, idahostatesman, "Natural cocktail flavors abound with the use of a muddler | Idaho Statesman," 10 Apr. 2018 The lip glosses come in eight intense shades: Unicorn Moment (holographic white), Passion Fruit (bubblegum pink), Tingles (baby pink), Kindle (mauve), Diversion (coral), Bang Bang (peach), Revelry (Green), and Debauchery (blue). Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "CoverGirl’s New Lip Glosses Really Sparkle," 9 Apr. 2018 There are pops of pink, fuchsia, yellow and peach hanging from the ceiling and climbing every pillar. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This NYC Rooftop Restaurant Is Covered In Flowers And Ready For Instagram," 20 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Peach Truck is making stops in Humble and Porter and will provide fresh, Georgia peaches for your ideal peach recipe. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Food Truck to deliver Georgia peaches in Humble, Porter," 5 June 2019 Road-trippers who visit in August will want to stop in Palisade for a crate of the enormous, drip-down-your-arm Kokopelli peaches the town is known for. latimes.com, "Detours worth taking on your next road trip," 20 May 2018 On Madix also got Farsali rose gold elixir but with Too Faced Cosmetics peach perfect comfort matte foundation and born this way concealer. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Vanderpump Rules' Ariana Madix & Scheana Marie Transform Their Hair to Celebrate Their Friendship," 6 Mar. 2018 Softball-sized globes of yellow and red when picked in peak season, Chilton County peaches remain the ultimate summer snack. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Where to eat, drink in Birmingham, Alabama," 30 June 2017 Just remember to stop and get Chilton County peaches from the guy beside the road on your way to the beach. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "Beach cocktails: Blender + vodka + ? = refreshing vacation sippers," 28 June 2017 Frances Maddax, Feeding the Flock North Side Baptist Church Neta's Fruit Salad ▪ 1 (15-oz.) can peach pie filling ▪ 1 (15-oz.) Rebecca Hancock, star-telegram.com, "Use fresh fruit when planning your summer dishes," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of peach

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1560, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for peach

Noun

Middle English peche, from Anglo-French pesche, peche (the fruit), from Late Latin persica, from Latin (malum) persicum, literally, Persian fruit

Verb

Middle English pechen, short for apechen to accuse, from Anglo-French apecher, empecher to ensnare — more at impeach

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peach

noun

English Language Learners Definition of peach

: a round, sweet fruit that has white or yellow flesh, soft yellow or pink skin, and a large, hard seed at the center
: a yellowish-pink color
informal + old-fashioned : a person or thing that is liked or admired very much

peach

noun
\ ˈpēch How to pronounce peach (audio) \

Kids Definition of peach

1 : a fruit that is related to the plum and has a sweet juicy yellow or whitish pulp, hairy skin, and a large rough pit
2 : a pale yellowish pink color

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