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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 ?
I pulled and she shook, I shook and she pulled, and before morning we had peeled off yards of that paper.
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.
A hundred years ago they sold bark in our streets peeled from our own woods.
Harris and I occupied the same room which he had occupied and the same paper had not quite peeled off the walls yet.
But if Juliet's such a young gal, duke, my peeled head and my white whiskers is goin' to look oncommon odd on her, maybe.
Old Uncle Silas he peeled off one of his bulliest old-time blessings, with as many layers to it as an onion, and whilst the angels was hauling in the slack of it I was trying to study up what to say about what kept us so long.
And now two smaller Cratchits, boy and girl, came tearing in, screaming that outside the baker's they had smelt the e the baker's they had smelt the goose, and known it for their own; and basking in luxurious thoughts of sage and onion, these young Cratchits danced about the table, and exalted Master Peter Cratchit to the skies, while he (not proud, although his collars nearly choked him) blew the fire, until the slow potatoes bubbling up, knocked loudly at the saucepan-lid to be let out and peeled.
Then she peeled it, ate it, and threw the rind out of the window, and it so happened that a mare that was running loose in the court below ate up the rind.
I therefore made no scruple of gathering and eating it, without knowing that the inhabitants always peeled it, the rind being a violent purgative; so that, eating the fruit and skin together, I fell into such a disorder as almost brought me to my end.
The dumpling had been peeled off Tom Kitten, and made separately into a bag pudding, with currants in it to hide the smuts.
Her turban was twice as large as the largest of any of the others; her eyebrows met, her nose was rather flat, her mouth was large but with ruddy lips, and her teeth, of which at times she allowed a glimpse, were seen to be sparse and ill-set, though as white as peeled almonds.
And he strode down the lists with a slender peeled sapling which he stuck upright in the ground.