Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small Chinese tree (Prunus persica) widely cultivated throughout temperate regions, having pink flowers and edible fruit.
  • n. The soft juicy fruit of this tree, having yellow flesh, downy, red-tinted yellow skin, and a deeply sculptured stone containing a single seed.
  • n. A light moderate to strong yellowish pink to light orange.
  • n. Informal A particularly admirable or pleasing person or thing.
  • intransitive v. To inform on someone; turn informer: "Middle-level bureaucrats cravenly peach on their bosses [when] one of them does something the tiniest bit illegal” ( National Observer).
  • transitive v. To inform against: "He has peached me and all the others, to save his life” ( Daniel Defoe).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tree (Prunus persica), native to China and now widely cultivated throughout temperate regions, having pink flowers and edible fruit.
  • n. ​ The soft juicy stone fruit of the peach tree, having yellow flesh, downy, red-tinted yellow skin, and a deeply sculptured pit or stone containing a single seed.
  • n. A light moderate to strong yellowish pink to light orange color.
  • n. A particularly admirable or pleasing person or thing.
  • n. The large, edible berry of the Sarcocephalus esculentus, a rubiaceous climbing shrub of west tropical Africa.
  • adj. Of the color peach.
  • adj. Particularly pleasing or agreeable.
  • v. To inform on someone; turn informer.
  • v. To inform against.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A well-known high-flavored juicy fruit, containing one or two seeds in a hard almond-like endocarp or stone. In the wild stock the fruit is hard and inedible.
  • n. The tree (Prunus Persica syn. Amygdalus Persica) which bears the peach fruit.
  • n. The pale red color of the peach blossom, or the light pinkish yellow of the peach fruit.
  • intransitive v. To turn informer; to betray one's accomplice.
  • transitive v. To accuse of crime; to inform against.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To impeach; also, to inform against, as an accomplice.
  • To betray one's accomplices; turn informer.
  • n. The fleshy drupaceous fruit of the tree Prunus Persica.
  • n. A garden and orchard tree, Prunus (Amygdalus) Persica.
  • n. In mining, any greenish-colored soft or decomposed rock, usually chloritic schist.
  • n. A stove.
  • n. A person or thing of a very high order; one who or that which is very nice.
  • n. In Sierra Leone, the Guinea peach, Sarcocephalus sambucinus. See Sarcocephalus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. divulge confidential information or secrets
  • n. downy juicy fruit with sweet yellowish or whitish flesh
  • n. a shade of pink tinged with yellow
  • n. cultivated in temperate regions
  • n. a very attractive or seductive looking woman

Etymologies

Middle English peche, from Old French, a peach, from Latin persica, peach tree, from Greek persikē, from feminine of Persikos, Persian; see perse.
Middle English pechen, from apechen, to accuse (probably from Anglo-Norman *anpecher, from Late Latin impedicāre, to entangle; see impeach) and from empechen, to accuse; see impeach.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English peche, from Old French pesche (French: pêche) from Medieval Latin pesca, from Vulgar Latin pessica from Classical Latin persica, from malum persicum ("Persian apple"), from Ancient Greek μῆλον περσικόν. See Perse. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English pechen, from apechen ("to accuse") and empechen ("to accuse"), possibly from Anglo-Norman anpecher, from Late Latin impedicō ("entangle"). See impeach. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I just had a fresh peach for the first time last summer and holy god, the peach is an earthly delight.

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  • To me the peach is the queen, the Koh-i-noor, the Cotopaxi, the Angkor Wat, the Bach unaccompanied cello suites of fruit.

    The Peach

  • When a peach is at its most sublime, it needs a plate to catch the juice, though I often forget.

    Tender delights

  • The delicious and versatile peach is a natural for preserves and baked goods, and they are available in abundance to be sampled at this fair.

    Calendar of Mexican food festivals

  • I love making homemade ice cream - peach is great!

    Fresh Peach Ice Cream

  • A figure in peach chiffon moves in front of the band, her black hair pomaded and held with rhinestone combs in an up-do, red painted lips taking up space in a broad, coffee-colored face.

    Junction « A Fly in Amber

  • The peach is a little overwhelming actually, with only a little berry scent beneath that is barely recognizable as raspberry.

    LENNDEVOURS:

  • Because of this white peach from the Asian Market down the street?

    Fruit

  • October 25th, 2006 at 7: 53 am dude, peach is a boy in the nintendo family pic the sex one was pretty original though, weird but original samy Says:

    Helpless Halloween Victims

  • The peach is the claim that green causes less eye strain than other colours which is why we find the countryside so relaxing!

    Archive 2005-08-01

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  • Today I heard a neat play in an exchange on Desert Island Discs (BBC Radio 4) between Sir David Attenborough and Miss Kirsty Young. KY suggested that DA was unimpeachable: DA countered by saying that he was very peachable if you knew how. Both individuals are peaches, of course.

    February 3, 2012

  • "Gardeners often fight shy of growing peaches, probably because they have seen the infinite patience and care expended on them under glass, with rabbit's tail and knife, pollinating and deshooting, to tying in and cutting out. "Grow Your Own Peaches", by one Jeffrey M. Boatfield, Kent, in The Countryman, August 1955, p.132.

    November 6, 2009

  • "Peach" is a good word as a fruit, but I like it far better as a verb meaning "to squeal."

    "Ikey has peached, and the game is up."
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone"

    December 29, 2006