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
Origin of peeler2
named after Sir R. Peel
; see -er1
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Examples from the Web for peeler
Historical Examples of peeler
If a peeler was to take their names, they'd be shiverin' with fright.
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.
A hundred yards from Peeler's front gate he drew rein and listened.
The editor was busy writing when Mr. Peeler entered the room furtively.
British Dictionary definitions for peeler
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
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).
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