WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
poach•er1  (pōchər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who trespasses on private property, esp. to catch fish or game illegally.
  2. FishAlso called  sea-poacher. any of several slender, marine fishes of the family Agonidae, found chiefly in deeper waters of the North Pacific, having the body covered with bony plates.
  • poach1 + -er1 1660–70

poach•er2  (pōchər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Fooda pan having a tight-fitting lid and metal cups for steaming or poaching eggs.
  2. Foodany dish or pan used for poaching food, esp. a baking dish for poaching fish.
  • poach2 + -er1 1860–65

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
poach1 /poʊtʃ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to enter into (someone else's land) in order to hunt animals illegally: [no object]The men poaching in the game preserve were armed with machine guns.[+ object]poaching the Masai Mara in search of elephants.
  2. to hunt for (game or fish) illegally: [no object]The men who were poaching had enough money to bribe the game wardens.[+ object]They were poaching elephants using submachine guns.
  3. to take without permission and use as one's own:[+ object]The salesmen were poaching his favorite clients.
poach•er, n. [countable]

poach2 /poʊtʃ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. Foodto cook (eggs, fish, etc.) in a hot liquid just below the boiling point.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
poach1  (pōch),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to trespass, esp. on another's game preserve, in order to steal animals or to hunt.
  2. to take game or fish illegally.
  3. (of land) to become broken up or slushy by being trampled.
  4. Sport(in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) to play a ball hit into the territory of one's partner that is properly the partner's ball to play.
  5. Informal Termsto cheat in a game or contest.

  1. to trespass on (private property), esp. in order to hunt or fish.
  2. to steal (game or fish) from another's property.
  3. to take without permission and use as one's own:to poach ideas; a staff poached from other companies.
  4. to break or tear up by trampling.
  5. to mix with water and reduce to a uniform consistency, as clay.
poacha•ble, adj. 
  • Gmc; akin to poke1
  • Middle French pocher to gouge
  • earlier: to shove, thrust 1520–30

poach2  (pōch),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. Foodto cook (eggs, fish, fruits, etc.) in a hot liquid that is kept just below the boiling point.
poacha•ble, adj. 
  • Middle Dutch poke poke2
  • Middle French pocher literally, to bag (the yolk inside the white), derivative of poche bag (French poche pocket)
  • Middle English poche 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

poacher /ˈpəʊtʃə/ n
  1. a person who illegally hunts game, fish, etc, on someone else's property
  2. poacher turned gamekeepersomeone whose occupation or behaviour is the opposite of what it previously was, such as a burglar who now advises on home security

'poacher' also found in these entries:

Word of the day: actually | word


Report an inappropriate ad.
Become a WordReference Supporter to view the site ad-free.