March 16, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
peel /ˈpiːl/ verb
peel
/ˈpiːl/
verb

peels; peeled; peeling

A man peeling an orange
A man peeling an orange
Learner's definition of PEEL

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.

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