Meaning of PEEL in English


I. ˈpēl verb

Etymology: Middle English pelen, from Anglo-French peler, from Latin pilare to remove the hair from, from pilus hair

Date: 13th century

transitive verb

1. : to strip off an outer layer of

peel an orange

2. : to remove by stripping

peel the label off the can

intransitive verb


a. : to come off in sheets or scales

b. : to lose an outer layer (as of skin)

his face is peel ing

2. : to take off one's clothes

3. : to break away from a group or formation — often used with off

• peel·able ˈpē-lə-bəl adjective

II. noun

Date: 14th century

1. : the skin or rind of a fruit

2. : a thin layer of organic material that is embedded in a film of collodion and stripped from the surface of an object (as a plant fossil) for microscopic study

3. : chemical peel

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English pele, from Anglo-French, from Latin pala

Date: 14th century

: a usually long-handled spade-shaped instrument that is used chiefly by bakers for getting something (as bread or pies) into or out of the oven

IV. noun

Etymology: Middle English (Scots) pel, from Middle English, stockade, stake, from Anglo-French, stake, from Latin palus — more at pole

Date: 1726

: a medieval small massive fortified tower along the Scottish-English border — called also peel tower

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