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Pronunciation: /piːtʃ/

noun

1A round stone fruit with juicy yellow flesh and downy pinkish-yellow skin.
Example sentences
  • They are based on many different kinds of summer fruit, particularly stone fruits such as peaches and plums; and pears, apples, and quinces.
  • Popular fillings include stone fruits, like peaches and plums.
  • To skin the peaches, dunk them in simmering water for 10 seconds, remove and peel under cold running water.
1.1 [mass noun] A pinkish-yellow colour like that of a peach: the sky began to change from grey to peach [as modifier]: a peach satin nightdress
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  • The blend of colours like peach, red and pink makes them look almost real at a first glance.
  • She got the same shades as I did last year, a browny colour and peach.
  • The key colours are bright coral, various shades of purple, peach and green.
2 (also peach tree) The Chinese tree which bears peaches.
Example sentences
  • Flowers grew all around, and I saw an apple tree and a peach tree to the side.
  • The traditional recommendation is to prune enough off a peach tree so that a bird can fly right through the branches.
  • And my friend told me that you can graft an apple branch into a peach tree, but the branch will still grow apples.
3 [in singular] informal An exceptionally good or attractive person or thing: it was another peach of a day
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  • This is a peach of a site that deserves the application of real genius, not dull commercialism.
  • But for his sheer industry, his perseverance and a peach of a goal - at a crucial time - Garrymore's star corner-forward gets the nod.
  • And when given the whole 90 minutes against the Germans, he scored one - a peach of a free-kick - and set up the other for Baros.

Phrases

peaches and cream

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Pronunciation: /ˈpiːtʃɪz ən ˌkriːm/
(Of a person’s complexion) of a cream colour with downy pink cheeks.
Example sentences
  • Her peaches and cream complexion positively glowed against the white satin, her red hair even more vibrant than usual, piled in curls on top of her head.
  • It most often affects people who blush easily, have a fair skin, and what is often called a peaches and cream complexion.
  • The bride, not noted for a peaches and cream complexion, looked beautiful.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French pesche, from medieval Latin persica, from Latin persicum (malum), literally 'Persian apple'.

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  • Peach is from Old French pesche, from medieval Latin persica, a shortening of persicum (malum), literally ‘Persian apple’. Peaches are natives of China, but were introduced to Europe by way of the Middle East.

Words that rhyme with peach

beach, beech, beseech, bleach, breach, breech, each, impeach, leach, leech, outreach, pleach, preach, reach, screech, speech, teach

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peach 2 Line breaks: peach
Pronunciation: /piːtʃ/

verb

[no object] (peach on) informal
Inform on: the other members of the gang would not hesitate to peach on him
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  • When, just before dawn, Sikes arrives to drop off some swag, Fagin plies him with a series of hypothetical questions about what he would do to someone who ‘peached’ on him.
  • Wilmore would not have peached against her to Glavely.
  • If both keep silent, both go free; the one who peaches gets clemency, the one who does not gets the shaft.

Origin

Late Middle English: shortening of archaic appeach, from Old French empechier 'impede' (see impeach).

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  • Peach is from Old French pesche, from medieval Latin persica, a shortening of persicum (malum), literally ‘Persian apple’. Peaches are natives of China, but were introduced to Europe by way of the Middle East.

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