AskDefine | Define poach

Dictionary Definition



1 hunt illegally; "people are poaching elephants for their ivory"
2 cook in a simmering liquid; "poached apricots"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. to cook something in simmering water
  2. In the context of "transitive|intransitive": to take game or fish illegally while trespassing on someone's property
  3. In the context of "transitive|intransitive": to take anything illegally or unfairly
  4. In the context of "transitive|intransitive": to make an employee or customer switch from a competing company to your own company


cook in simmering water
take game or fish illegally
take illegally or unfairly
make an employee or customer switch

Extensive Definition

Poaching may mean:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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