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peach1

[peech] /pitʃ/
noun
1.
the subacid, juicy, drupaceous fruit of a tree, Prunus persica, of the rose family.
2.
the tree itself, cultivated in temperate climates.
3.
a light pinkish yellow, as of a peach.
4.
Informal. a person or thing that is especially attractive, liked, or enjoyed.
adjective
5.
made or cooked with peaches or a flavor like that of a peach:
peach pie.
6.
of the color peach.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English peche < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *pess(i)ca, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of Latin Persicum, mālum Persicum peach, literally, Persian apple; compare Old English persoc, German Pfirsich, Dutch perzik peach, all ≪ Latin; cf. apricot
Related forms
peachlike, adjective

peach2

[peech] /pitʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to inform against an accomplice or associate.
verb (used with object)
2.
to inform against; betray.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English peche, aphetic variant of Middle English apeche < Anglo-French apecher < Late Latin impedicāre to hold up. See impeach
Related forms
peacher, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for peach

peach1

/piːtʃ/
noun
1.
a small rosaceous tree, Prunus persica, with pink flowers and rounded edible fruit: cultivated in temperate regions See also nectarine (sense 1)
2.
the soft juicy fruit of this tree, which has a downy reddish-yellow skin, yellowish-orange sweet flesh, and a single stone See also nectarine (sense 2)
3.
  1. a pinkish-yellow to orange colour
  2. (as adjective): a peach dress
4.
(informal) a person or thing that is especially pleasing
Word Origin
C14 peche, from Old French, from Medieval Latin persica, from Latin Persicum mālum Persian apple

peach2

/piːtʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive except in obsolete uses) (slang) to inform against an accomplice
Derived Forms
peacher, noun
Word Origin
C15: variant of earlier apeche, from French, from Late Latin impedicāre to entangle; see impeach
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Word Origin and History for peach
n.

c.1400 (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French pesche "peach, peach tree" (Old North French peske, Modern French pêche), and directly from Medieval Latin pesca, from Late Latin pessica, variant of persica "peach, peach tree," from Latin malum Persicum, literally "Persian apple," translating Greek Persikon malon, from Persis "Persia" (see Persian).

In ancient Greek Persikos could mean "Persian" or "the peach." The tree is native to China, but reached Europe via Persia. By 1663 William Penn observed peaches in cultivation on American plantations. Meaning "attractive woman" is attested from 1754; that of "good person" is from 1904. Peaches and cream in reference to a type of complexion is from 1901. Peach blossom as a color is from 1702. Georgia has been the Peach State since 1939.

v.

"to inform against," 1560s (earlier "to accuse, indict, bring to trial," mid-15c.), a shortening of appeach, an obsolete variant of impeach. Related: Peached; peaching.

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Slang definitions & phrases for peach

peach

noun
  1. An attractive young woman: She really was a ''peach'' (1754+)
  2. Any remarkable, admirable, amiable, or attractive person: You're a peach (1904+)
  3. Anything superior or admirable: The hotel was a peach (1870+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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