peel

A peel is the covering of a fruit or vegetable. Some peels are thick and easy to remove, like an orange peel, while others might be more stubborn, like the thin peel on a potato.

When you remove an apple peel or the peel of an eggplant, you peel it. You can peel anything with a rind or skin, especially things you can eat, like shrimp and onions. There are non-edible things to peel, like stickers and old wallpaper too. You can also figuratively peel something: "I had to peel off my wet clothes and put dry ones on before I stopped shivering." The Latin root, pilare, means "to strip of hair."

Definitions of peel
  1. noun
    the rind of a fruit or vegetable
    synonyms: skin
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    jacket
    the outer skin of a potato
    banana peel, banana skin
    the skin of a banana (especially when it is stripped off and discarded)
    lemon peel, lemon rind
    the rind of a lemon
    orange peel, orange rind
    the rind of an orange
    lemon zest
    tiny bits of lemon peel
    orange zest
    tiny bits of orange peel
    type of:
    rind
    the natural outer covering of food (usually removed before eating)
  2. verb
    strip the skin off
    synonyms: pare, skin
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    peel off
    peel off the outer layer of something
    flay
    strip the skin off
    exfoliate
    remove the surface, in scales or laminae
    type of:
    strip
    remove the surface from
  3. verb
    come off in flakes or thin small pieces
    “The paint in my house is peeling off”
    synonyms: flake, flake off, peel off
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    break away, break off, chip, chip off, come off
    break off (a piece from a whole)
  4. verb
    get undressed
    synonyms: discase, disrobe, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress
    disinvest, divest, strip, undress
    remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
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    dress, get dressed
    put on clothes
    apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
    provide with clothes or put clothes on
    dress, plume, preen, primp
    dress or groom with elaborate care
    dress, dress up
    dress in a certain manner
    dress, get dressed
    put on clothes
    apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
    provide with clothes or put clothes on
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    take off
    remove clothes
    peel off
    take off, as with some difficulty
    slip off
    take off with ease or speed
    uncloak
    remove a cloak from
    doff
    remove
    type of:
    take off
    take away or remove
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