Definitions for poachpoʊtʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to trespass, as on another's game preserve, in order to steal or hunt animals.

  2. to take game or fish illegally.

  3. to encroach; trespass.

  4. (of land) to become broken up or slushy through trampling.

  5. to sink into wet ground.

  6. (v.t.)to trespass on (private property), esp. in order to hunt or fish.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. to steal (game or fish) from another's property.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. to take without permission and use as one's own.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. to trample (wet ground).

Origin of poach:

1520–30; earlier: to shove, thrust < MF pocher to gouge < Gmc; akin to poke1


  1. to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in a hot liquid just below the boiling point.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of poach:

1350–1400; ME poche < MF pocher lit., to bag (the yolk inside the white)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. poach(verb)

    hunt illegally

    "people are poaching elephants for their ivory"

  2. poach(verb)

    cook in a simmering liquid

    "poached apricots"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. poach(verb)ʊtʃ

    to cook by placing in boiling water

    a poached egg


  1. poach(Verb)

    to cook something in simmering water

  2. poach(Verb)

    To become soft or muddy.

    Chalky and clay lands chap in summer, and poach in winter. uE000186674uE001 Mortimer.

  3. poach

    To make soft or muddy.

    Cattle coming to drink had punched and poached the river bank into a mess of mud.

  4. poach(Verb)

    to take game or fish illegally while trespassing on someone's property

  5. poach(Verb)

    to take anything illegally or unfairly

  6. poach

    to cause an employee or customer to switch from a competing company to your own company

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poach

    to cook, as eggs, by breaking them into boiling water; also, to cook with butter after breaking in a vessel

  2. Poach

    to rob of game; to pocket and convey away by stealth, as game; hence, to plunder

  3. Poach(verb)

    to steal or pocket game, or to carry it away privately, as in a bag; to kill or destroy game contrary to law, especially by night; to hunt or fish unlawfully; as, to poach for rabbits or for salmon

  4. Poach(verb)

    to stab; to pierce; to spear, as fish

  5. Poach(verb)

    to force, drive, or plunge into anything

  6. Poach(verb)

    to make soft or muddy by trampling

  7. Poach(verb)

    to begin and not complete

  8. Poach(verb)

    to become soft or muddy

Translations for poach

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to cook (eg an egg without its shell, a fish etc) in boiling liquid, especially water or milk.

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