noun (1)
poach·​er | \ ˈpō-chər How to pronounce poacher (audio) \

Definition of poacher

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that trespasses or steals
2 : one who kills or takes wild animals (such as game or fish) illegally


noun (2)

Definition of poacher (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a covered pan containing a plate with depressions or shallow cups in each of which an egg can be cooked over steam rising from boiling water in the bottom of the pan
2 : a baking dish in which food (such as fish) can be poached

First Known Use of poacher

Noun (1)

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for poacher

Noun (1)

poach entry 2

Noun (2)

poach entry 1

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concealment of treason or felony

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