- 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
- a police officer.
Origin of peeler2
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Historical Examples of peeler
If a peeler was to take their names, they'd be shiverin' with fright.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
He knows old Peeler, the low miserable scoundrel, who is her father.
He sent a reporter on a secret mission to Peeler's house to find if she were there.
The editor was busy writing when Mr. Peeler entered the room furtively.
Peeler's eyes were fixed in a tense stare on a small bundle she carried.
- a special knife or mechanical device for peeling vegetables, fruit, etca potato peeler
- US slang a striptease dancer
- British old-fashioned, slang another word for policeman
Word Origin 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).