peel

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Etymology 1[edit]

Old French pel (skin) (Modern French peau), from Latin pellis (skin).

Verb[edit]

peel (third-person singular simple present peels, present participle peeling, simple past and past participle peeled)

  1. (transitive) To remove the skin or outer covering of.
    I sat by my sister's bed, peeling oranges for her.
    • Shakespeare
      The skillful shepherd peeled me certain wands.
  2. (transitive) To remove from the outer or top layer of.
    I peeled (the skin from) an orange and ate it hungrily.
    We peeled the old wallpaper off in strips where it was hanging loose.
  3. (intransitive) To become detached, come away, especially in flakes or strips; to shed skin in such a way.
    I had been out in the sun too long, and my nose was starting to peel.
  4. (intransitive) To remove one's clothing.
    The children peeled by the side of the lake and jumped in.
  5. (intransitive) To move, separate (off or away)
    The scrum-half peeled off and made for the touchlines.
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Noun[edit]

peel (countable and uncountable, plural peels)

  1. (usually uncountable) The skin or outer layer of a fruit, vegetable, etc.
  2. (countable, rugby) The action of peeling away from a formation.
  3. (countable) cosmetic preparation designed to remove dead skin or exfoliate.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Anglo-Norman and Old French pel (compare modern French pieu), from Latin palus (stake).

Noun[edit]

peel (plural peels)

  1. (obsolete) A stake.
  2. (obsolete) A fence made of stakes; a stockade.
  3. (archaic) A small tower, fort, or castle; a keep.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Old French pele (compare modern pelle), from Latin pala, from the base of plangere (fix, plant).

Noun[edit]

peel (plural peels)

  1. A shovel or similar instrument, now especially a pole with a flat disc at the end used for removing loaves of bread from a baker's oven.
  2. A T-shaped implement used by printers and bookbinders for hanging wet sheets of paper on lines or poles to dry.
  3. (archaic, US) The blade of an oar.
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Etymology 4[edit]

Origin unknown.

Noun[edit]

peel (plural peels)

  1. (Scotland and curling) An equal or match; a draw.
  2. (curling) A takeout which removes a stone from play as well as the delivered stone.

Etymology 5[edit]

Named from Walter H. Peel, a noted 19th-century croquet player.

Verb[edit]

peel (third-person singular simple present peels, present participle peeling, simple past and past participle peeled)

  1. (croquet) To send through a hoop (of a ball other than one's own).

Etymology 6[edit]

Misspelling of peal.

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peel (third-person singular simple present peels, present participle peeling, simple past and past participle peeled)

  1. Misspelling of peal: to sound loudly.
    • 1825 June 25, "My Village Bells", in The Circulator of Useful Knowledge, Literature, Amusement, and General Information number XXVI, available in, 1825, The Circulator of Useful Amusement, Literature, Science, and General Information, page 401,
      Oh ! still for me let merry bells peel out their holy chime;
    • 1901 January 1, "Twentieth Century's Triumphant Entry", The New York Times, page 1,
      The lights flashed, the crowds sang,... bells peeled, bombs thundered,... and the new Century made its triumphant entry.
    • 2006, Miles Richardson, Being-In-Christ and Putting Death in Its Place, Louisiana State University Press, ISBN 0807132047, pages 230–231,
      As the tiny Virgin... approaches one of the barrio churches, bells peel vigorously, a brass band launches into a fast-paced tune, and large rockets zoom... .

Etymology 7[edit]

Old French piller (pillage).

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peel (third-person singular simple present peels, present participle peeling, simple past and past participle peeled)

  1. (archaic, transitive) To plunder; to pillage, rob.
    • Milton
      But govern ill the nations under yoke, / Peeling their provinces.

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