- to strip (something) of its skin, rind, bark, etc.: to peel an orange.
- to strip (the skin, rind, bark, paint, etc.) from something: to peel paint from a car.
- Croquet. to cause (another player's ball) to go through a wicket.
- (of skin, bark, paint, etc.) to come off; become separated.
- to lose the skin, rind, bark, paint, etc.
- Informal. to undress.
- Metallurgy. (of a malleable iron casting) to lose, or tend to lose, the outer layer.
- the skin or rind of a fruit, vegetable, etc.
- Metallurgy. the presence of a brittle outer layer on a malleable iron casting.
- peel off,
- to remove (the skin, bark, etc.) or be removed: The old skin peeled off.
- Aeronautics.to leave a flying formation of aircraft with a banking turn, usually from one end of an echelon.
- Informal.to turn off or leave (a road): We peeled off the highway onto a dirt road.
- to remove (clothing) in a swift upward or downward motion.
- keep one's eyes peeled, Informal. to watch closely or carefully; be alert: Keep your eyes peeled for a gas station.
Origin of peel1
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- a shovellike implement for putting bread, pies, etc., into the oven or taking them out.
- Metallurgy. a long, shovellike iron tool for charging an open-hearth furnace.
Origin of peel2
- a small fortified tower for residence or for use during an attack, common in the border counties of England and Scotland in the 16th century.
Origin of peel3
- Sir Robert,1788–1850, British political leader: founder of the London constabulary; prime minister 1834–35; 1841–46.
- a seaport on W Isle of Man: castle; resort.
- a river in N Yukon Territory and NW Northwest Territories, Canada, flowing E and N to the Mackenzie River. 425 miles (684 km) long.
Related Words for peelshell, cover, husk, rind, bark, shuck, pellicle, epicarp, exocarp, peeling, shave, pare, scale, flay, strip, decorticate, flake, skin, exfoliate, uncover
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Contemporary Examples of peel
I thought it was so sweet of them, and I had to peel it off her.Joan Rivers: The Playboy Bunnies Weren’t Sluts!
November 7, 2014
For me as an actor, too, it was nice to be able to peel another layer off her and realize that this is something that she wants.Julianna Margulies's Favorite 'The Good Wife' Scenes
August 11, 2014
Holding the match a few inches above the drink, quickly squeeze the peel in the direction of the match.The Rise and Fall…and Rise Again of the Old-Fashioned
June 14, 2014
We learning how to dice an onion into perfect, tiny cubes (the secret is not to remove the root when you peel the skin).Thai Curry Therapy At London’s L’Atelier Des Chefs
February 3, 2014
Peel it, chop it, steam or boil it and turn it into muffins, or pie, or biscuits or a curry or soup.Eat Your Halloween Pumpkin and Save the Planet!
October 31, 2013
Historical Examples of peel
You can peel the stuff out of your pockets with one hand, I figure.Way of the Lawless
In the mean time, peel and boil in a sauce-pan a dozen onions.
Peel a dozen onions, and throw them into salt and water to keep them white.
Peel, slice them, and fry them brown in butter or nice dripping.
Peel your tomatas, cut them in half and squeeze out the seeds.
- (tr) to remove (the skin, rind, outer covering, etc) of (a fruit, egg, etc)
- (intr) (of paint, etc) to be removed from a surface, esp through weathering
- (intr) (of a surface) to lose its outer covering of paint, etc esp through weathering
- (intr) (of a person or part of the body) to shed skin in flakes or (of skin) to be shed in flakes, esp as a result of sunburn
- croquet to put (another player's ball) through a hoop or hoops
- keep one's eyes peeled or keep one's eyes skinned to watch vigilantly
- the skin or rind of a fruit, etc
Word Origin for peel
- a long-handled shovel used by bakers for moving bread, in an oven
Word Origin for peel
- (in Britain) a fortified tower of the 16th century on the borders between England and Scotland, built to withstand raids
Word Origin for peel
- John, real name John Robert Parker Ravenscroft . 1939–2004, British broadcaster; presented his influential Radio 1 music programme (1967–2004) and Radio 4's Home Truths (1998–2004)
- Sir Robert. 1788–1850, British statesman; Conservative prime minister (1834–35; 1841–46). As Home Secretary (1828–30) he founded the Metropolitan Police and in his second ministry carried through a series of free-trade budgets culminating in the repeal of the Corn Laws (1846), which split the Tory party
"to strip off," developed from Old English pilian "to peel, skin, decorticate, strip the skin or ring," and Old French pillier, both from Latin pilare "to strip of hair," from pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)). Probably also influenced by Latin pellis "skin, hide." Related: Peeled; peeling. Figurative expression keep (one's) eyes peeled be observant, be on the alert" is from 1853, American English.
"shovel-shaped instrument" used by bakers, etc., c.1400, from Old French pele (Modern French pelle) "shovel," from Latin pala "spade, shovel, baker's peel," of unknown origin.
piece of rind or skin, 1580s, from earlier pill, pile (late 14c.), from peel (v.)).
In addition to the idiom beginning with peel
- peel off
- keep one's eyes open (peeled)