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peel 1

1. The skin or rind of certain fruits and vegetables.
2. A chemical peel.
v. peeled, peel·ing, peels
1. To strip or cut away the skin, rind, or bark from; pare.
2. To strip away; pull off: peeled the label from the jar.
1. To lose or shed skin, bark, or other covering.
2. To come off in thin strips or pieces, as bark, skin, or paint: Her sunburned skin began to peel.
Phrasal Verbs:
peel off
1. To remove (an article of clothing that fits snugly).
2. To break away from a group in motion, especially to leave flight formation in order to land an aircraft or make a dive.
3. To leave or depart, especially in a hurry.
peel out
To leave quickly, especially by accelerating a vehicle so that the tires spin: peeled out of the driveway.

[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).]

peel 2

1. A long-handled, shovellike tool used by bakers to move bread or pastries into and out of an oven.
2. Printing A T-shaped pole used for hanging up freshly printed sheets of paper to dry.

[Middle English, from Old French pele, from Latin pāla, spade, peel; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

peel 3

A fortified house or tower of a kind constructed in the borderland of Scotland and England in the 1500s.

[Middle English pel, stake, small castle, from Anglo-Norman, stockade, variant of Old French, stake, from Latin pālus; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.peeled - (used informally) completely unclothedpeeled - (used informally) completely unclothed
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
unclothed - not wearing clothing
References in classic literature ?
The more we peeled, the more peel there seemed to be left on; by the time we had got all the peel off and all the eyes out, there was no potato left - at least none worth speaking of.
The peeled white body of the beheaded whale flashes like a marble sepulchre; though changed in hue, it has not perceptibly lost anything in bulk.
In addition to the distinction of a white frock, every woman and girl carried in her right hand a peeled willow wand, and in her left a bunch of white flowers.
He was standing in the cool granary, still fragrant with the leaves of the hazel branches interlaced on the freshly peeled aspen beams of the new thatch roof.
Harris and I occupied the same room which he had occupied and the same paper had not quite peeled off the walls yet.
FRUITY PLAICE CURRY Ingredients: 1 small onion 2 garlic cloves 2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated 2 carrots 1 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 small apple, cut into chunks 125g green beans, trimmed 2 x 15ml spoons oil 1 x 5ml spoon curry powder 350ml vegetable stock 4 plaice fillets, skinned Method: 1.
In Brief: Peeled tomatoes make a tasty, versatile, and timesaving ingredient for hearty winter stews, homemade soups, or classic casseroles.
The scientists have shown that infrared-treated tomatoes are of similar or slightly better firmness than tomatoes peeled with sodium or potassium hydroxide.
Intermediate is formulated for more sensitive skin patients along with patients being peeled for the first time.
2 : to strip or tear off <He peeled off his clothes down to his swimming trunks .
Cut peeled beets into quarters or eighths and set aside.
WHEN Ab Fab's Patsy peeled back the years it left her looking more than a little red-faced.