• WordNet 3.6
    • n poacher small slender fish (to 8 inches) with body covered by bony plates; chiefly of deeper northern Pacific waters
    • n poacher a cooking vessel designed to poach food (such as fish or eggs)
    • n poacher someone who hunts or fishes illegally on the property of another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Poacher One who poaches; one who kills or catches game or fish contrary to law.
    • Poacher (Zoöl) The American widgeon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n poacher One who poaches; one who intrudes on the preserves of another for the purpose of stealing game; one who kills game unlawfully.
    • n poacher The sea-poacher, a fish.
    • n poacher The widgeon, Mareca americana: so called from its habit of seizing the food for which other ducks have dived.
    • n poacher A contrivance for poaching eggs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Poacher one who poaches or steals game: the widgeon, from its habit of stealing the prey of other ducks
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Poacher turned gamekeeper - Someone who gets a legitimate job which is the opposite of their previous one. E.G a computer hacker who then helps to catch other hackers or an ex-bank robber who then advises banks on security.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pocher, orig. to pocket—poche, pouch.


In literature:

How is it that all mankind has a sneaking sympathy with a poacher?
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
I'm a poacher; perhaps I'm a distiller in a quiet way.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
He knew these early morning poachers.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
I looked towards the poacher.
"Le Morvan, [A District of France,] Its Wild Sports, Vineyards and Forests; with Legends, Antiquities, Rural and Local Sketches" by Henri de Crignelle
The men are tinkers, poachers, and thieves upon a small scale.
"A Historical Survey of the Customs, Habits, & Present State of the Gypsies" by John Hoyland
The real poachers had escaped, some from the country.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
A rifle-shot might mean only a poacher.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
Mordaunt knew a poacher has generally a large pocket in the lower lining of his coat.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Shakespeare started as a deer-poacher, and Rousseau as a thief.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
The poacher had thrown himself down on the tuft, hoping to clutch the hare before she could move.
"Creatures of the Night" by Alfred W. Rees

In poetry:

A poacher's widow sat sighing
On the side of the white chalk bank,
Where under the gloomy fir-woods
One spot in the ley throve rank.
"The Bad Squire" by Charles Kingsley
But whether the man was a poacher too
Or a Pharisee' so bold—
I reckon there's more things told than are true.
And more things true than are told!
"The Ballad of Minepit Shaw" by Rudyard Kipling
'You made him a poacher yourself, squire,
When you'd give neither work nor meat,
And your barley-fed hares robbed the garden
At our starving children's feet;
"The Bad Squire" by Charles Kingsley
Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou cheerest the poacher in the night;
For thou lettest him see to set his snares
To catch the rabbit and the hares.
"The Moon" by William Topaz McGonagall
Poor Tom Brown from Nottingham, Jack Williams and poor Joe
They were three gallant poacher boys their country well does know
And by the laws of the Game Act that you may understand
Were fourteen years transported boys unto Van Diemen's Land
"Cyprus Brig" by Anonymous Oceania
Not for any beast that burrows, not for any bird that flies,
Would I lose his large sound council, miss his keen amending eyes.
He is bailiff, woodman, wheelwright, field-surveyor, engineer,
And if flagrantly a poacher—'tain't for me to interfere.
"The Land" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

"The Smith River has many problems, some of them may be unfixable, but the proliferation of poachers and the lack of law enforcement should not be one of them," he said.
Yellowstone Seeks Public's Help To Find Poacher .
We sent our old intern Max "The Poacher" Santeusanio to document the action.
When a wild animal is rescued from poachers or wildlife smugglers, conservationists usually make an effort to rehabilitate it and return it to life in its native habitat.
First, poachers took away their livelihoods.
Amid a sluggish economy, police say, more poachers are seeking out wild ginseng, ripping up even the smallest plants and ignoring property lines.
Local hunters' chapters pitch in for reward to help catch poacher.
He has evaded poachers many times before.
A wounded giant sea turtle receives care after it was seized from poachers, at Turtle Park in Serangan, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Dec 10, 2012.
Poacher given 10-day term for killing tame deer.
Turn in poachers this hunting season .
Google Pays for Drones To Bust African Rhino Poachers.
NAIROBI, Kenya —Officials at a wildlife park in Kenya say they found four dead rhinoceros shot by poachers in a two-day span.
Several species including tigers and rhinos are the frequent target of poachers.
State agency's on the lookout for mountain-trout poachers.