verb (used with object)
to strip (something) of its skin, rind, bark, etc.:
to peel an orange.
to strip (the skin, rind, bark, paint, etc.) from something:
to peel paint from a car.
Croquet. to cause (another player’s ball) to go through a wicket.
verb (used without object)
(of skin, bark, paint, etc.) to come off; become separated.
to lose the skin, rind, bark, paint, etc.
Informal. to undress.
Metallurgy. (of a malleable iron casting) to lose, or tend to lose, the outer layer.
the skin or rind of a fruit, vegetable, etc.
Metallurgy. the presence of a brittle outer layer on a malleable iron casting.
keep one’s eyes peeled, Informal. to watch closely or carefully; be alert:
Keep your eyes peeled for a gas station.
(transitive) to remove (the skin, rind, outer covering, etc) of (a fruit, egg, etc)
(intransitive) (of paint, etc) to be removed from a surface, esp through weathering
(intransitive) (of a surface) to lose its outer covering of paint, etc esp through weathering
(intransitive) (of a person or part of the body) to shed skin in flakes or (of skin) to be shed in flakes, esp as a result of sunburn
(croquet) to put (another player’s ball) through a hoop or hoops
keep one’s eyes peeled, keep one’s eyes skinned, to watch vigilantly
the skin or rind of a fruit, etc
a long-handled shovel used by bakers for moving bread, in an oven
(in Britain) a fortified tower of the 16th century on the borders between England and Scotland, built to withstand raids
John, real name John Robert Parker Ravenscroft. 1939–2004, British broadcaster; presented his influential Radio 1 music programme (1967–2004) and Radio 4’s Home Truths (1998–2004)
Sir Robert. 1788–1850, British statesman; Conservative prime minister (1834–35; 1841–46). As Home Secretary (1828–30) he founded the Metropolitan Police and in his second ministry carried through a series of free-trade budgets culminating in the repeal of the Corn Laws (1846), which split the Tory party
See baker’s peel
“to strip off,” developed from Old English pilian “to peel, skin, decorticate, strip the skin or ring,” and Old French pillier, both from Latin pilare “to strip of hair,” from pilus “hair” (see pile (n.3)). Probably also influenced by Latin pellis “skin, hide.” Related: Peeled; peeling. Figurative expression keep (one’s) eyes peeled be observant, be on the alert” is from 1853, American English.
piece of rind or skin, 1580s, from earlier pill, pile (late 14c.), from peel (v.)).
“shovel-shaped instrument” used by bakers, etc., c.1400, from Old French pele (Modern French pelle) “shovel,” from Latin pala “spade, shovel, baker’s peel,” of unknown origin.
In addition to the idiom beginning with peel
[peel] /pil/ verb (used with object) 1. to strip (something) of its skin, rind, bark, etc.: to peel an orange. 2. to strip (the skin, rind, bark, paint, etc.) from something: to peel paint from a car. 3. Croquet. to cause (another player’s ball) to go through a wicket. verb (used without object) 4. (of […]
[peel-uh n-stik] /ˈpil ənˈstɪk/ adjective 1. ready to be applied after peeling off the backing to expose an adhesive surface: peel-and-stick labels.
[peel] /pil/ noun 1. George, 1558?–97? English dramatist. /piːl/ noun 1. George. ?1556–?96, English dramatist and poet. His works include the pastoral drama The Arraignment of Paris (1584) and the comedy The Old Wives’ Tale (1595)
[pee-ler] /ˈpi lər/ noun 1. a person or thing that . 2. a kitchen implement, often having a swiveling, protected blade, for removing the or outer skin of a vegetable or fruit. 3. a long-staple cotton raised originally in the regions along the Yazoo River and the Mississippi River delta. 4. a yarn made from […]