verb (used without object)

  1. to inform against an accomplice or associate.

verb (used with object)

  1. to inform against; betray.


  1. a small rosaceous tree, Prunus persica, with pink flowers and rounded edible fruit: cultivated in temperate regionsSee also nectarine (def. 1)
  2. the soft juicy fruit of this tree, which has a downy reddish-yellow skin, yellowish-orange sweet flesh, and a single stoneSee also nectarine (def. 2)
    1. a pinkish-yellow to orange colour
    2. (as adjective)a peach dress
  3. informal a person or thing that is especially pleasing


  1. (intr except in obsolete uses) slang to inform against an accomplice

n.c.1400 (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French pesche “peach, peach tree” (Old North French peske, Modern French pĂȘche), 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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