Main definitions of peach in English

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peach1

noun

  • 1A round stone fruit with juicy yellow flesh and downy pinkish-yellow skin.

    • ‘This did not last for long, for they came upon an orchard full of apples, pears, peaches, lemons, limes, and oranges.’
    • ‘To skin the peaches, dunk them in simmering water for 10 seconds, remove and peel under cold running water.’
    • ‘These include peaches, strawberries, oranges, figs, plums, pineapples, and passionfruit.’
    • ‘He was surprised in her choice of fruit, both a peach and a tomato.’
    • ‘The final touch to a meal is a tray of fresh fruits, including peaches, apples, pears, raisins, figs, oranges, and melons.’
    • ‘Other fruits such as apples, grapes, peaches and pineapples also make great energizing snacks.’
    • ‘Combine peaches, bay leaves, sugar, thyme, sake and corn kernels and mix well; marinate for two hours.’
    • ‘Popular fillings include stone fruits, like peaches and plums.’
    • ‘Figs, plums, pears, apples, peaches and other fruits were grown there.’
    • ‘They are based on many different kinds of summer fruit, particularly stone fruits such as peaches and plums; and pears, apples, and quinces.’
    • ‘The peaches were riper and juicier than any she had eaten, and the blueberry muffins were so light and fluffy that each bite dissolved in her mouth instantly.’
    • ‘Spoon them over vanilla ice cream, stir them into yogurt, and toss them with nectarines or peaches for a summer cobbler.’
    • ‘Here, fresh peaches pair well with juicy raspberries and crunchy almonds for a ‘peach Melba’ flavor.’
    • ‘Made from apples, grapes, peaches, pears, pineapples, berries or other fruit, these sweeteners have the consistency of thick syrup and an intense flavor.’
    • ‘You could also you another seasonal fruit, like peaches, raspberries, kiwifruit and so on.’
    • ‘Juicy peaches are a delicious highlight in August.’
    • ‘She eyed the mounds of apples, bananas, peaches, and pineapples before delicately selecting one perfectly round peach.’
    • ‘Remove the skin from the peach (immerse the peach in boiling water for a minute, then it will come off easily).’
    • ‘In a small bowl, combine peaches, olive oil and basil and toss to coat.’
    • ‘As we can clearly see, one is a white peach, the other yellow.’
    1. 1.1mass 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’
      • ‘From cream to beige to peach and lemon yellow, the range comes in several colours apart from the new shade mint.’
      • ‘His eyes were chocolate instead of blue and his complexion was more tan than peach.’
      • ‘He had a high brow, and he wore a robe of browns, peaches, tans, yellows, reds, and more.’
      • ‘His luminous palette of beiges, peach, light browns, blues and greens approximates the hues of ice creams.’
      • ‘The colour is pure pale pink, with a hint of peach on the outside of the buds, and the scent is warm and strong.’
      • ‘Use cheek creams in peach, pink and berry colours to give yourself a healthy flush.’
      • ‘He gave us crisp, angular patterns and subtle, unexpected colour combinations, such as blue, black and peach, or soft red, yellow and grey.’
      • ‘His skin was a pale peach shining with a black aura as he walked over to her.’
      • ‘Manufacturers across the country are introducing lines featuring pastel hues ranging from white to peach, some of which are coated with a frosty finish.’
      • ‘Obviously the designers are requesting everyone to be more optimistic through their various pastel colors: powder pink, light purple, peach and soft blue.’
      • ‘The key colours are bright coral, various shades of purple, peach and green.’
      • ‘She got the same shades as I did last year, a browny colour and peach.’
      • ‘Glass cases are adorned with satin ribbons of various colours ranging from baby pink, peach and lavender.’
      • ‘The blend of colours like peach, red and pink makes them look almost real at a first glance.’
      • ‘Just to make things a bit more difficult, salmon doesn't necessarily work with the same colors that peach or apricot do.’
      • ‘The balconies are marked by whorls of blue railings, the walls peach and powder blue.’
      • ‘His skin was a light peach and she could now tell he was almost 6 foot.’
      • ‘His skin was a light peach and he was dressed in almost blinding white robes.’
      • ‘The rainbow of colour includes: white for wisdom, cream for success, peach for health, purple for wealth, black for love.’
  • 2The Chinese tree which bears peaches.

    Prunus persica, family Rosaceae: many cultivars, including the nectarine

    • ‘I sat in the autumn sun, under the peach tree in the courtyard your father and I laid, brick by brick, during the hot summer before you were born.’
    • ‘And my friend told me that you can graft an apple branch into a peach tree, but the branch will still grow apples.’
    • ‘Our unfriendly neighbor planted a peach tree in the tiny green space between her building and ours.’
    • ‘And she'd try to grow a peach tree in this cold climate and she might fail.’
    • ‘My brother was probably climbing the peach tree.’
    • ‘As our little backyard peach tree grew larger, it became more and more difficult to reach the ripe fruit on the higher limbs.’
    • ‘Would you tell me whether pecan, peach and fig trees need to be pruned?’
    • ‘There is no room in my mind for anything else when I am planting a peach tree.’
    • ‘In the back yard at her place are a number of fruit trees; pomegranates, peaches and citrus.’
    • ‘Plus, I'd hate to take it out on the beautiful peach tree.’
    • ‘I have a 12-year-old dwarf peach tree that's never produced.’
    • ‘Cherries, peaches, figs, apples, tangerines, lemons, and limes are among the many types of fruit trees that thrive in containers.’
    • ‘The spray bottles in the garage, used to control insect pests on our cherry, peach and apple trees, disappeared.’
    • ‘Some trees, such as peaches and apricots, must be pruned heavily to remain productive.’
    • ‘The traditional recommendation is to prune enough off a peach tree so that a bird can fly right through the branches.’
    • ‘The figs have been placed alongside the baby peach trees in the tree nursery.’
    • ‘Flowers grew all around, and I saw an apple tree and a peach tree to the side.’
    • ‘Sour cherries, peaches and nectarines produce fruit from a single tree since they self-pollinate.’
    • ‘Herbaceous borders, a grass walk banked with magnificent hydrangeas and plum, peach and apple trees are also to be found.’
    • ‘During the summer months before she became with child, she had spent the hot summer days under the peach tree just outside her home, reading to herself.’
  • 3informal An exceptionally good or attractive person or thing.

    ‘it was another peach of a day’
    • ‘And on the phone to me last week, with the appropriate noises of a frisky daughter in the background, Jack gave me a peach of a Father's Day line.’
    • ‘I normally don't believe in posting questions for a friend (get an account!) but this one's a peach of a dilemma.’
    • ‘He hits a peach of a winning point which bisects the posts.’
    • ‘On ten minutes Hibs got back into the game with a peach of a goal.’
    • ‘It would be a peach of a punchline if I could tell you that it is pouring with rain in ‘Royal Berkshire’, but it's a sunny, peaceful, kinda day.’
    • ‘He added the extras, and then produced a peach of a drop goal to make it 18-10.’
    • ‘Hampton went ahead in the 58th minute with a peach of a goal.’
    • ‘However, they stuck to their task and broke through with a peach of a try.’
    • ‘Steven McDonnell kicked a peach of a point for the first score of the second-half.’
    • ‘It was a peach of a strike and his celebration wasn't bad, either.’
    • ‘Giggs left Taylor flat-footed with a peach of a free kick after 61 minutes.’
    • ‘It was a peach of a goal and no more than Down deserved.’
    • ‘He calls it ‘a peach of a book’.’
    • ‘Three minutes later Hearts were nearly two up following a peach of a move.’
    • ‘Firstly, Parks hit a peach of a penalty from 40 yards out that bisected the posts with geometric precision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Minutes later he made it 2-0 with a peach of a volley into the top corner of the net.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dempsey floated a peach of a left-footed kick between the posts from 45 metres after ten minutes to put his side a goal up.’
    beauty, belle, goddess, venus, siren, dream, vision, picture, sensation, joy to behold
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Phrases

  • peaches and cream

    • (of a person's complexion) of a cream colour with downy pink cheeks.

      • ‘Her lips were a quivering blue and her deathly pallor betrayed her usual peaches and cream complexion.’
      • ‘He was tall and handsome, in the all-American kind of way, with blond hair, blue eyes, peaches and cream complexion, and a killer smile.’
      • ‘It most often affects people who blush easily, have a fair skin, and what is often called a peaches and cream complexion.’
      • ‘Her eyes are a beautiful shade of blue and her skin is peaches and cream.’
      • ‘The bride, not noted for a peaches and cream complexion, looked beautiful.’
      • ‘Her peaches and cream skin looked so soft, he wanted to touch it.’
      • ‘Her peaches and cream complexion glowed and her face held pure contentment.’
      • ‘He was about six feet tall and had peaches and cream skin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She had beautiful blue eyes and peaches and cream skin that practically glowed.’
      pale, light, light-coloured, white, cream-coloured, creamy, peaches and cream
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

peach

/piːtʃ/

Main definitions of peach in English

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peach2

verb

[no object]peach on
informal
  • Inform on.

    ‘the other members of the gang would not hesitate to peach on him’
    • ‘Wilmore would not have peached against her to Glavely.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If both keep silent, both go free; the one who peaches gets clemency, the one who does not gets the shaft.’
    denounce, give away, betray, incriminate, inculpate, report, tell the authorities about, tell the police about
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

peach

/piːtʃ/