peels; peeled; peeling
1 [+ object] : to remove the skin from (a fruit, vegetable, etc.)
peel an apple
peel the cucumbers
2 always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to remove (a covering, shell, etc.) from something
They peeled back the sheet to display the new sculpture.
— often + from
An animal had peeled the bark from the tree.
We had to peel the wallpaper from the wall.
— often + off
(informal) Guests peeled off [=took off] their wet coats by the door.
They peeled the old wallpaper off.
3 [no object]
a : to come off in pieces
The paint is peeling (off).
She got sunburned and the skin on her back is peeling (off)
b : to lose an outer layer of skin, bark, etc.
She got sunburned and her back is peeling.