Meaning of PEEL in English


I. ˈpēl, esp before pause or consonant -ēəl noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English pele, from Old English pyle — more at pillow

dialect England : pillow

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English pelen to rob, peel, from Middle French peler to peel, remove the hair from, from Latin pilare to remove the hair from, make bald, from pilus hair — more at pile

transitive verb

1. obsolete : pill II 1


a. : to strip off the outer layer of : pare , decorticate

peel an apple

peeling potatoes

machine automatically peels … shrimp — Time

b. : to remove (the outer layer or covering) by stripping, tearing off, or rolling back — usually used with off or from

peeling off the skin of a banana

peeling the white bark from his … trees — E.W.Smith

stamps should never be peeled from the paper — H.M.Ellis

peeled the … shirt off over his head — Kay Boyle

the canvas coverings were peeled back — R.F.Mirvish

c. : to remove part of the bran from (the grains of wheat or rice) by abrasion

3. : to cause (a ball other than one's own) to pass through a wicket in croquet

peeled his partner's ball through the last wicket

intransitive verb


a. : to become detached : come off : scale off : desquamate

sunburned skin peels

the paint was peeling off

the … roof from which shingles were peeling — Ellen Glasgow

b. : to lose the outer layer of skin

his face is peeling

2. : to take off one's clothes

it got hotter … you had to peel to get relief — L.M.Uris

Synonyms: see skin

III. noun

( -s )


a. : the skin or rind of a fruit

letting the peels drop on the floor — Truman Capote

b. : such rind candied

orange peel

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

IV. noun

also peel tower

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English pel, pele castle, stockade, stake, from Anglo-French pel, pele stockade & Middle French pel stake, from Latin palus stake — more at pole

: a medieval small massive fortified tower along the Scottish-English border having a usually vaulted ground floor for confining and protecting cattle and a floor above for the family dwelling place reached by outside movable stairs or a ladder

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English pele shovel, oven peel, from Middle French, shovel, from Latin pala spade, oven peel; probably akin to Latin pangere to fix, fasten, plant — more at pact


a. : shovel

b. dialect England : a fire shovel

2. : a usually long-handled spade-shaped instrument used chiefly by bakers (as for getting loaves and pies into and out of an oven)

3. : a T-shaped implement formerly in use by printers and papermakers for hanging up sheets of paper to dry



variant of peal

VII. ˈpēl, esp before pause or consonant -ēəl transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: origin unknown

Scotland : to equal : match

VIII. noun

( -s )

1. chiefly Scotland : equal , match

2. peels plural , chiefly Scotland : an even game in curling : tie score

it was peels at 8 to 8 in the tenth head — Time



variant of pool


chiefly dialect

variant of pail

XI. intransitive verb

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

XII. noun

: the surgical removal of skin imperfections (as blemishes and wrinkles) by the application of a caustic chemical and especially an acid to the skin — called also chemical peel

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