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 The rotund, pink peach is a handy stand-in for buttocks; on a creepier note, the milk bottle emoji has been embraced by some white supremacists as a covert political symbol. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The new batch of food emojis has arrived," 4 Nov. 2019 Haas avocados were two for $1; seedless white grapes were 88 cents a pound; yellow peaches and nectarines were 98 cents a pound; cantaloupes were 2 for $3. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Bag freebies and meet TV host Danny Seo at Sprouts grand opening Wednesday," 23 Aug. 2019 Luckily, the peach is one of the most versatile fruits out there. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Dry-rubbed chops pair perfectly with grilled, in-season peaches," 7 Aug. 2019 The end of Palisade peaches means the beginning of the fall political season — even in a year without much on the ballot. Cindi Andrews, The Denver Post, "2018 sexual harassment allegations help shape 2020 Colorado Senate races," 12 Sep. 2019 This confidently effervescent sipper offers a lovely mouthful of peach, Meyer lemon, and sea-spray saltiness. Ellen Bhang, BostonGlobe.com, "Fizzy summer wines offer lighthearted refreshment," 29 July 2019 Stripes of peach, cream and mud-brown earth and stone lined the curving banks of the Little Missouri River. Beth J. Harpaz, chicagotribune.com, "Badlands and history in Theodore Roosevelt National Park," 5 July 2018 Cakebread Cellars 2017 Cakebread Napa Valley Chardonnay: This wine has a pretty, floral nose with fresh citrus, orange blossom, and white peach. Rachel King, Fortune, "Seven Ways to Enjoy White (Wine) After Labor Day," 31 Aug. 2019 His employees were out early Thursday, August 29, 2019, to continue bringing in their peaches. Special To The Denver Post, The Denver Post, "PHOTOS: Peach harvest in Palisade," 29 Aug. 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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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Peach.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peaching. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for peach

peach

noun
How to pronounce peach (audio)

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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