- The definition of a peel is the rind or outer layer of fruit.
An example of a peel is the yellow outer skin of an banana.
- To peel is to pull or tear away something that is attached to something else.
- An example of peel is to remove a sticker from a book.
- An example of peel is to take the rind off of an orange.
An apple peel.
peel definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English pilien, peolien ; from Old English an unverified form pilian ; from Classical Latin pilare, to make bald ; from pilus, hair: see pile
- to shed skin, bark, etc.
- to come off in layers or flakes, as old paint
- Slang to undress
- peeler noun
Origin: Middle English pele ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin pala, a spade
Origin: Middle English pel ; from Anglo-French ; from Old French a fort, stake ; from Classical Latin palus: see pale
peel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The skin or rind of certain fruits and vegetables.
- A chemical peel.
- To strip or cut away the skin, rind, or bark from; pare.
- To strip away; pull off: peeled the label from the jar.
- To lose or shed skin, bark, or other covering.
- To come off in thin strips or pieces, as bark, skin, or paint: Her sunburned skin began to peel.
- Slang To remove one's clothes; undress.
Origin: From Middle English pilen, pelen, to peel, from Old French peler, and Old English pilian (both from Latin pilāre, to deprive of hair, from pilus, hair) and from Old French pillier, to tug, pull, plunder (from Latin pilleum, felt cap).
- A long-handled, shovellike tool used by bakers to move bread or pastries into and out of an oven.
- Printing A T-shaped pole used for hanging up freshly printed sheets of paper to dry.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French pele, from Latin pāla, spade, peel; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English pel, stake, small castle, from Anglo-Norman, stockade, variant of Old French, stake, from Latin pālus; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
, Sir Robert 1788-1850.
peel - Phrases/Idioms
- Aeron. to veer away from a flight formation in an abrupt maneuver
- to depart; leave
- to go in another direction
peel rubberor peel tiresâ