- 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.
- 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; ranging from beige or tan to yellowish pink
- Informal plumpness; fat: you've been putting on flesh
Origin of fleshMiddle English ; from Old English flæsc, akin to German fleisch ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form pl?k-, 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)
in the flesh
- actually present; in person
press the flesh⌂
- a. The soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate, covering the bones and consisting mainly of skeletal muscle and fat: thought the boy needed some more flesh on his bones.b. Such tissue of an animal, used as food: flesh of a cow; fish with white flesh.c. The surface or skin of the human body: goosebumps on my flesh.d. Fatty tissue: “a woman of wide and abundant flesh” (A.S. Byatt).
- Botany The pulpy, usually edible part of a fruit or vegetable.
- a. The human body: “the thousand natural shocks / That flesh is heir to” (Shakespeare).b. Sensual appetites: gratification of the flesh.
- Substance; reality: “The maritime strategy has an all but unstoppable institutional momentum behind it &ellipsis; that has given force and flesh to the theory” (Jack Beatty).
verbfleshed, flesh·ing, flesh·es
- To give substance or detail to; fill out. Often used with 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 plunge or thrust (a weapon) into flesh.
- Archaic To inure (troops, for instance) to battle or bloodshed.
Origin of fleshMiddle English, from Old English fl&aemac;sc.
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.
- The soft tissue of the body, especially muscle and fat.
- The skin of a human or animal.
- (by extension) Bare arms, bare legs, bare torso.
- (archaic) Animal tissue regarded as food; meat.
- The human body as a physical entity.
- (religion) The mortal body of a human being, contrasted with the spirit or soul.
- (religion) The evil and corrupting principle working in man.
- The soft, often edible, parts of fruits or vegetables.
- A yellowish pink colour; the colour of some Caucasian human skin.
(third-person singular simple present fleshes, present participle fleshing, simple past and past participle fleshed)