Meaning of PEEL in English


1. v. & n.


1. tr. a strip the skin, rind, bark, wrapping, etc. from (a fruit, vegetable, tree, etc.). b (usu. foll. by off) strip (skin, peel, wrapping, etc.) from a fruit etc.

2 intr. a (of a tree, an animal's or person's body, a painted surface, etc.) become bare of bark, skin, paint, etc. b (often foll. by off) (of bark, a person's skin, paint, etc.) flake off.

3 intr. (often foll. by off) colloq. (of a person) strip for exercise etc.

4 tr. Croquet send (another player's ball) through the hoops.

--n. the outer covering of a fruit, vegetable, prawn, etc.; rind.

Phrases and idioms:

peel off

1. veer away and detach oneself from a group of marchers, a formation of aircraft, etc.

2 colloq. strip off one's clothes.


peeler n. (in sense 1 of v.).

Etymology: earlier pill, pele (orig. plunder) f. ME pilien etc. f. OE pilian (unrecorded) f. L pilare f. pilus hair 2. n. a shovel, esp. a baker's shovel for bringing loaves etc. into or out of an oven.

Etymology: ME & OF pele f. L pala, rel. to pangere fix 3. n. (also pele) hist. a small square tower built in the 16th c. in the border counties of England and Scotland for defence against raids.

Etymology: ME pel stake, palisade, f. AF & OF pel f. L palus stake: cf. PALE(2)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.