- a person who illegally hunts game, fish, etc, on someone else's property
- poacher turned gamekeeper ⇒ someone whose occupation or behaviour is the opposite of what it previously was, such as a burglar who now advises on home security
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- a person who trespasses on private property, esp. to catch fish or game illegally.
- 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
- Fooda pan having a tight-fitting lid and metal cups for steaming or poaching eggs.
- Foodany dish or pan used for poaching food, esp. a baking dish for poaching fish.
- poach2 + -er1 1860–65
- 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.
- 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.
- to take without permission and use as one's own[~ + object]The salesmen were poaching his favorite clients.
poach2 /poʊtʃ/USA pronunciation v. [~ + object]
- Foodto cook (eggs, fish, etc.) in a hot liquid just below the boiling point.
- to trespass, esp. on another's game preserve, in order to steal animals or to hunt.
- to take game or fish illegally.
- (of land) to become broken up or slushy by being trampled.
- 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.
- Informal Terms[Informal.]to cheat in a game or contest.
- to trespass on (private property), esp. in order to hunt or fish.
- to steal (game or fish) from another's property.
- to take without permission and use as one's own:to poach ideas; a staff poached from other companies.
- to break or tear up by trampling.
- to mix with water and reduce to a uniform consistency, as clay.
- Gmc; akin to poke1
- Middle French pocher to gouge
- earlier: to shove, thrust 1520–30
- Foodto cook (eggs, fish, fruits, etc.) in a hot liquid that is kept just below the boiling point.
- 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