American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cook in a boiling or simmering liquid: Poach the fish in wine.
- v. To trespass on another's property in order to take fish or game.
- v. To take fish or game in a forbidden area.
- v. To become muddy or broken up from being trampled. Used of land.
- v. To sink into soft earth when walking.
- v. To take or appropriate something unfairly or illegally.
- v. Sports To play a ball out of turn or in another's territory, as in doubles tennis.
- v. To trespass on (another's property) for fishing or hunting.
- v. To take (fish or game) illegally.
- v. To make (land) muddy or broken up by trampling.
- v. To take or appropriate unfairly or illegally.
- v. Sports To play (a ball) out of turn or in another's territory.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To poke; thrust; push; put.
- To stab; pierce; spear: as, to poach fish.
- To tread; break up or render slushy by frequent treading; mark with footprints.
- To make a thrust in or as in sword-play.
- To be penetrable, as soft muddy or marshy ground; be damp and swampy.
- To intrude or encroach upon another's preserves for the purpose of stealing game; kill and carry off game in violation of law.
- To trespass upon, especially for the purpose of killing and stealing game.
- To cook by breaking the shell and dropping the contents whole into boiling water: said of eggs.
- To gain an unfair advantage at the start of a race.
- v. transitive, intransitive to take game or fish illegally while trespassing on someone's property
- v. transitive, intransitive to take anything illegally or unfairly
- v. transitive, intransitive to cause an employee or customer to switch from a competing company to your own company
- v. transitive to cook something in simmering water
- v. To become soft or muddy.
- v. To make soft or muddy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cook, as eggs, by breaking them into boiling water; also, to cook with butter after breaking in a vessel.
- v. To rob of game; to pocket and convey away by stealth, as game; hence, to plunder.
- v. 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.
- v. obsolete To stab; to pierce; to spear, as fish.
- v. obsolete To force, drive, or plunge into anything.
- v. To make soft or muddy by trampling.
- v. obsolete To begin and not complete.
- v. To become soft or muddy.
- v. hunt illegally
- v. cook in a simmering liquid
- From Middle French pocher ("poke"), from Old French pochier ("poke out") (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from Middle English poched, poached, from poche, dish of poached eggs, from Old French, from past participle of pochier, to poach eggs, from poche, pocket, bag (from their appearance), of Germanic origin.Obsolete French pocher, to poke, thrust, intrude, from Old French pochier, to poke, gouge, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The insulting minstrel shows stole black music because there wasn't anything as interesting to poach from the white musical tradition.”
“Captain Joe Sakic missed his 12th straight game because of a groin injury, and Tyler Arnason (wrist), Brad Richardson (shoulder) and Kurt Sauer (neck) also are on the injured list, which has forced the team to poach from the AHL.”
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“According to another theory the word poach may be related to the word poke.”
“The word poach in this sense is supposed to mean "bag" and this French root is the same one that gives English our words pouch and pocket; both little bags.”
“So I would also much rather see someone "poach" a few small trout from private waters, that see someone legally kill a top spawner for bragging rights.”
“Each environment has different infrastructure (often used to 'poach' users from other social network websites).”
“Democrats are trying to "poach" the traditionally Republican 2nd District seat, he said.”
“Something yummy and easy my Texan best friend does is sort of "poach" chicken breasts in a can of rotel.”
“Tax-cutting policies, which are still a national prerogative, allow member states to offset the rising costs of European social legislation and "poach" investors from one another.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘poach’.
Words only (I left out the expressions) from Geza Kerenyi's EN-HU interpreters' dictionary. Most of them pose some difficulty when interpreted between HU and EN in either or both directions.
being items relating to food, cooking and the kitchen.
Off the straight and narrow; less than straight arrow.
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