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poach

verb \ ˈpōch \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of poach

transitive verb
: to cook in simmering liquid

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Origin and Etymology of poach

Middle English pocchen, from Middle French pocher, from Old French poché poached, literally, bagged, from poche bag, pocket — more at pouch


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poach

verb

Definition of poach

intransitive verb
1 : to encroach upon especially for the purpose of taking something
2 : to trespass for the purpose of stealing game; also : to take game or fish illegally
transitive verb
1 : to trespass on
  • a field poached too frequently by the amateur
  • The Times Literary Supplement (London)
2 a : to take (game or fish) by illegal methods
b : to appropriate (something) as one's own
c : to attract (someone, such as an employee or customer) away from a competitor

Origin and Etymology of poach

Middle French pocher, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle English poken to poke



POACH Defined for Kids

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poach

verb \ ˈpōch \

Definition of poach for Students

poached; poaching
: to cook slowly in liquid

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poach

verb

Definition of poach for Students

poached; poaching
: to hunt or fish unlawfully


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