Peel meaning

pēl
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.

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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.

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To strip or cut away the skin, rind, or bark from; pare.
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The skin or rind of certain fruits and vegetables.
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(archaic) To plunder; to pillage, rob.
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A chemical peel.
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To strip away; pull off.

Peeled the label from the jar.

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To lose or shed skin, bark, or other covering.
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To come off in thin strips or pieces, as bark, skin, or paint.

Her sunburned skin began to peel.

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A long-handled, shovellike tool used by bakers to move bread or pastries into and out of an oven.
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A T-shaped pole used for hanging up freshly printed sheets of paper to dry.
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A fortified house or tower of a kind constructed in the borderland of Scotland and England in the 1500s.
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To cut away or strip off (the rind, skin, covering, surface, etc.) of (anything); pare.
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To shed skin, bark, etc.
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To come off in layers or flakes, as old paint or sunburned skin.
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To undress.
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The rind or skin of a fruit or vegetable.
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A long shovel-like tool used by bakers for moving bread into and out of the ovens.
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A fortified house or tower of a type built during the 16th cent. on the border between Scotland and England.
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1788-1850; Brit. statesman: prime minister (1834-35; 1841-46)
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To remove the skin or outer covering of.

I sat by my sister's bed, peeling oranges for her.

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To remove from the outer or top layer of.

I peeled (the skin from) an orange and ate it hungrily.

We peeled the old wallpaper off in strips where it was hanging loose.

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(intransitive) To become detached, come away, especially in flakes or strips; to shed skin in such a way.

I had been out in the sun too long, and my nose was starting to peel.

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(intransitive) To remove one's clothing.

The children peeled by the side of the lake and jumped in.

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(intransitive) To move, separate (off or away)

The scrum-half peeled off and made for the touchlines.

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The skin or outer layer of a fruit, vegetable etc. (usually uncountable)
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(rugby) The action of peeling away from a formation.
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A cosmetic preparation designed to remove dead skin or exfoliate.
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(archaic) A small tower, fort, or castle; a keep.
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A shovel or similar instrument, now especially a pole with a flat disc at the end used for removing loaves of bread from a baker's oven.
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A T-shaped implement used by printers and bookbinders for hanging wet sheets of paper on lines or poles to dry.
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(archaic, US) The blade of an oar.
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(Scotland and curling) An equal or match; a draw.
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(curling) A takeout which removes a stone from play as well as the delivered stone.
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(croquet) To send through a hoop (of a ball other than one's own).
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Common misspelling of peal: to sound loudly.
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keep one's eyes peeled
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peel off
  • To veer away from a flight formation in an abrupt maneuver.
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peel out
  • To accelerate an automobile very rapidly, as in a drag race.
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Origin of peel

  • From Middle English pilen, pelen to peel from Old French peler, 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)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English pel stake, small castle from Anglo-Norman stockade variant of Old French stake from Latin pālus pag- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English from Old French pele from Latin pāla spade, peel pag- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French pele (compare modern pelle), from Latin pala, from the base of plangere (“fix, plant").
    From Wiktionary
  • Anglo-Norman and Old French pel (compare modern French pieu), from Latin palus (“stake").
    From Wiktionary
  • Old French pel (“skin") (Modern French peau), from Latin pellis (“skin").
    From Wiktionary
  • Named from Walter H. Peel, a noted 19th-century croquet player.
    From Wiktionary
  • Old French piller (“pillage").
    From Wiktionary
  • Misspelling of peal.
    From Wiktionary
  • Origin unknown.
    From Wiktionary