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[pee-ler] /ˈpi lər/
a person or thing that peels.
a kitchen implement, often having a swiveling, protected blade, for removing the peel or outer skin of a vegetable or fruit.
a long-staple cotton raised originally in the regions along the Yazoo River and the Mississippi River delta.
a yarn made from this cotton.
Slang. a striptease dancer.
a log, especially of a Douglas fir, suitable for rotary cutting into veneers.
Origin of peeler1
First recorded in 1325-75, peeler is from the Middle English word peler. See peel1, -er1


[pee-ler] /ˈpi lər/
noun, British Archaic.
a police officer.
1810-20; named after Sir R. Peel; see -er1 Unabridged
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  • I grabbed him, and afore he could shake me off a lot of chaps got hold of him and held him till a peeler came up.

    Dorothy's Double G. A. Henty
  • If a peeler was to take their names, they'd be shiverin' with fright.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • The editor was busy writing when Mr. peeler entered the room furtively.

    The Sins of the Father Thomas Dixon
  • A hundred yards from peeler's front gate he drew rein and listened.

    The Sins of the Father Thomas Dixon
  • Sure there isn't a peeler in the whole counthry, nor a jail neither, for a thousand mile.

    Cedar Creek Elizabeth Hely Walshe
  • He knows old peeler, the low miserable scoundrel, who is her father.

    The Sins of the Father Thomas Dixon
  • He sent a reporter on a secret mission to peeler's house to find if she were there.

    The Sins of the Father Thomas Dixon
  • There was ample time to head these boys off before they reached old peeler's house.

    The Sins of the Father Thomas Dixon
  • A very simple winnowing machine for cleaning the coffee as it comes out of the peeler, is attached.

  • Then, pushing peeler over the cliff, he put the map in his pocket, and walked on whistling in the night air to the cottage.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for peeler


a special knife or mechanical device for peeling vegetables, fruit, etc: a potato peeler
(US, slang) a striptease dancer


(Brit, old-fashioned, slang) another word for policeman
Word Origin
C19: from the founder of the police force, Sir Robert Peel
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Word Origin and History for peeler

"policeman," 1817, British colloquial, originally a member of the Irish constabulary, named for Sir (at that time Mr.) Robert Peel (1788-1850) who founded the Irish Constabulary (cf. bobby). In Middle English it meant "robber, thief" (mid-14c.). Meaning "strip-tease artist" (1951) is from peel (v.) in colloquial sense of "strip off clothing" (1820).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for peeler



A striptease dancer; stripper: grinders, peelers, and bumpers (1940s+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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