verb (used without object)
to trespass, especially 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.
(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. to cheat in a game or contest.
verb (used with object)
to trespass on (private property), especially 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.
verb (used with object)
to cook (eggs, fish, fruits, etc.) in a hot liquid that is kept just below the boiling point.
to catch (game, fish, etc) illegally by trespassing on private property
to encroach on or usurp (another person’s rights, duties, etc) or steal (an idea, employee, etc)
(tennis, badminton) to take or play (shots that should belong to one’s partner)
to break up (land) into wet muddy patches, as by riding over it, or (of land) to become broken up in this way
(intransitive) (of the feet, shoes, etc) to sink into heavy wet ground
to simmer (eggs, fish, etc) very gently in water, milk, stock, etc
“steal game,” 1520s, “to push, poke,” from Middle French pocher “to thrust, poke,” from Old French pochier “poke out, gouge, prod, jab,” from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German puchen “to pound, beat, knock,” German pochen, Middle Dutch boken “to beat”) related to poke (v.). Sense of “trespass for the sake of stealing” is first attested 1610s, perhaps via notion of “thrusting” oneself onto another’s property, or perhaps from French pocher “to pocket” (see poach (v.2)). Related: Poached; poaching.
“cook in liquid,” early 15c., from Old French poché, past participle of pochier (12c.), literally “put into a pocket” (as the white of an egg forms a pocket for the yolk), from poche “bag, pocket,” from Frankish *pokka “bag,” from Proto-Germanic *puk- (see poke (n.)). Related: Poached; poaching.
[poh-chee] /ˈpoʊ tʃi/ adjective, poachier, poachiest. 1. (of land) slushy; swampy.
1. . abbreviation 1. Post Office Box Prisoner of Bill post office box
[puh-bed-uh] /pəˈbɛd ə/ noun 1. a mountain in central Asia, on the boundary between Kirghizia (Kyrgyzstan) and China: highest peak of the Tien Shan range. 24,406 feet (7439 meters).
[puh-blah-noh; Spanish paw-blah-naw] /pəˈblɑ noʊ; Spanish pɔˈblɑ nɔ/ noun, plural poblanos [puh-blah-nohz; Spanish paw-blah-naws] /pəˈblɑ noʊz; Spanish pɔˈblɑ nɔs/ (Show IPA) 1. a dark-green, mild or slightly pungent chili pepper, the fruit of a variety of Capsicum annuum used in cooking.