\ ˈpēch How to pronounce peach (audio) \

Definition of peach

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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)


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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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
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First Known Use of peach


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


1560, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for peach


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


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

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“Peach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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


\ 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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