- Flesh is defined as the soft tissue between the body's skin and bones, or the soft part of a fruit or vegetable that's usually able to be eaten.
- An example of flesh is the fat and muscle just under your skin.
- An example of flesh is the part of the strawberry that we eat.
flesh definition by Webster's New World
- the soft substance of the body (of a person or animal) between the skin and the bones; esp., the muscular tissue
- the surface or skin of the body: to feel one's flesh crawl
- the flesh of any animal as food; meat; esp., meat other than fish or fowl
- the pulpy or edible part of fruits and vegetables
- the human body, as distinguished from the soul: more than flesh can bear
- human nature, esp. in its sensual aspect
- all living beings, esp. all humankind
- kindred or relatives: now mainly in one's (own) flesh and blood: see phrase at flesh and blood
- the typical color of a white person's skin; yellowish pink
- Informal plumpness; fat: you've been putting on flesh
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English flæsc, akin to German fleisch ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form plēk-, to tear off from source flay
- to feed (animals) with flesh so as to incite them to hunt or kill
- to prepare for or incite to bloodshed, etc. by a foretaste
- to harden; inure
- to plunge (a weapon) into flesh
- to put flesh on; fatten
- to fill out as if with flesh; realize or make full, as by the addition of details: usually with out
- to remove flesh from (a hide)
flesh definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate, covering the bones and consisting mainly of skeletal muscle and fat.b. The surface or skin of the human body.
- The meat of animals as distinguished from the edible tissue of fish or fowl.
- Botany The pulpy, usually edible part of a fruit or vegetable.
- Excess fatty tissue; plumpness.
- a. The body as opposed to the mind or soul.b. The physical or carnal nature of humankind.c. Sensual appetites.
- Humankind in general; humanity.
- One's family; kin.
- Substance; reality: “The maritime strategy has an all but unstoppable institutional momentum behind it . . . that has given force and flesh to the theory” (Jack Beatty).
- To give substance or detail to; fill out: fleshed out the novel with a subplot.
- To clean (a hide) of adhering flesh.
- To encourage (a falcon, for example) to participate in the chase by feeding it flesh from a kill.
- To inure to battle or bloodshed.
- To plunge or thrust (a weapon) into flesh.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English flǣsc.
- fleshˈless adjective
flesh - Ologies & -Isms Definition
See also cannibalism.Cannibalism the eating of human flesh generally not for nutritional purposes but for primitive sacramental rites. —cannibalic, cannibalistic, adj. creophagism, creophagy the use of flesh meat for sustenance. — creophagous, adj. omophagia Rare. the eating of raw meat, especially as part of an initiation ritual. —omophagic, adj. sarcophagy Rare. the act, practice, or custom of eating flesh. —sarcophagous, adj.
flesh - Medical Definition
- fleshy adjective
flesh - Phrases/Idioms
in the flesh
- actually present; in person
press the fleshâ
in the flesh
- In person; present.