verb (used with object)
- to gain weight: He realized to his dismay that he had fleshed out during the months of forced inactivity.
- to add details to or make more complete: She fleshed out her proposal considerably before presenting it to the committee for action.
Origin of flesh
Related Words for fleshbeef, muscle, meat, fat, weight, brawn, food, fatness, corpuscles, cells, plasm, protoplasm, plasma, physicality, sensuality, people, carnality, animality, race, world
Examples from the Web for flesh
Contemporary Examples of flesh
There was deep brown flesh, and bronze flesh, and pallid white flesh, and flesh turned red from the hot sun.
Flesh encircled him at the main pool of the Paradise Hotel and Residences at Boca.
It also contains some clunky passages of adultery, temptations of the flesh, and general sexual awkwardness.
His flesh is sagging a bit, but he is still trim and looks lean, sinewy and tough.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
He carried around a hundred pounds too many most of his life, a great buffer of flesh between himself and the world.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Historical Examples of flesh
The fingers thrust at his throat—he seemed to be tearing his own flesh.Way of the Lawless
Oh, strong, strong are the ties of flesh, and hard it is to subdue the spirit!The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Your flesh has never been made to creep: but the cockles of your heart have been warmed.De Libris: Prose and Verse
You don't think I would leave my own flesh and blood in the cellar!Weighed and Wanting
The fingers should be used to separate the flesh at this place.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Word Origin for flesh
Old English flæsc "flesh, meat," also "near kindred" (a sense now obsolete except in phrase flesh and blood), common West and North Germanic (cf. Old Frisian flesk, Middle Low German vlees, German Fleisch "flesh," Old Norse flesk "pork, bacon"), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Proto-Germanic *flaiskoz-.
Figurative use for "animal or physical nature of man" (Old English) is from the Bible, especially Paul's use of Greek sarx, which yielded sense of "sensual appetites" (c.1200). Flesh-wound is from 1670s; flesh-color, the hue of "Caucasian" skin, is first recorded 1610s, described as a tint composed of "a light pink with a little yellow" [O'Neill, "Dyeing," 1862]. An Old English poetry-word for "body" was flæsc-hama, literally "flesh-home."
1520s, "to render (a hunting animal) eager for prey by rewarding it with flesh from a kill," with figurative extensions, from flesh (n.). Meaning "to clothe or embody with flesh," with figurative extensions, is from 1660s. Related: Fleshed; fleshing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with flesh
- flesh and blood
- flesh out
- go the way of all flesh
- in person (the flesh)
- make one's flesh creep
- neither fish nor fowl (flesh)
- pound of flesh
- press the flesh
- spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
- thorn in one's flesh