peeling

[ pee-ling ]
/ ˈpi lɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that peels.
that which is peeled from something, as a piece of the skin or rind of a fruit.

Origin of peeling

First recorded in 1555–65; peel1 + -ing1

Related forms

un·peel·ing, adjective

Definition for peeling (2 of 2)

Origin of peel

1
before 1100; Middle English pelen, Old English pilian to strip, skin < Latin pilāre to remove hair, derivative of pilus hair. See pill2

SYNONYMS FOR peel

1 Peel, pare agree in meaning to remove the skin or rind from something. Peel means to pull or strip off the natural external covering or protection of something: to peel an orange, a potato. Pare is used of trimming off chips, flakes, or superficial parts from something, as well as of cutting off the skin or rind: to pare the nails; to pare a potato.

Related forms

peel·a·ble, adjectiveun·peel·a·ble, adjectiveun·peeled, adjective

Can be confused

peal peel
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British Dictionary definitions for peeling (1 of 5)

peeling

/ (ˈpiːlɪŋ) /

noun

a strip of skin, rind, bark, etc, that has been peeled offa potato peeling

British Dictionary definitions for peeling (2 of 5)

peel

1
/ (piːl) /

verb


noun

the skin or rind of a fruit, etc
See also peel off

Word Origin for peel

Old English pilian to strip off the outer layer, from Latin pilāre to make bald, from pilus a hair

British Dictionary definitions for peeling (3 of 5)

peel

2
/ (piːl) /

noun

a long-handled shovel used by bakers for moving bread, in an oven

Word Origin for peel

C14 pele, from Old French, from Latin pāla spade, from pangere to drive in; see palette

British Dictionary definitions for peeling (4 of 5)

peel

3
/ (piːl) /

noun

(in Britain) a fortified tower of the 16th century on the borders between England and Scotland, built to withstand raids

Word Origin for peel

C14 (fence made of stakes): from Old French piel stake, from Latin pālus; see pale ², paling

British Dictionary definitions for peeling (5 of 5)

Peel

/ (piːl) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

Peelite, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with peeling

peel

In addition to the idiom beginning with peel

  • peel off

also see:

  • keep one's eyes open (peeled)

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