- a person or thing that peels.
- a kitchen implement, often having a swiveling, protected blade, for removing the peel or outer skin of a vegetable or fruit.
- a long-staple cotton raised originally in the regions along the Yazoo River and the Mississippi River delta.
- a yarn made from this cotton.
- Slang. a striptease dancer.
- a log, especially of a Douglas fir, suitable for rotary cutting into veneers.
noun British Archaic.
- a police officer.
- a special knife or mechanical device for peeling vegetables, fruit, etca potato peeler
- US slang a striptease dancer
- British old-fashioned, slang another word for policeman
n.“policeman,” 1817, British colloquial, originally a member of the Irish constabulary, named for Sir (at that time Mr.) Robert Peel (1788-1850) who founded the Irish Constabulary (cf. bobby). In Middle English it meant “robber, thief” (mid-14c.). Meaning “strip-tease artist” (1951) is from peel (v.) in colloquial sense of “strip off clothing” (1820).