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Etymology 1

Alteration of pill (verb & noun), perhaps under the influence of Old French peler (peel), piller (pillage).

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to peel

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to peel (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (archaic, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To plunder; to pillage, rob.
  2. (transitive) To remove the skin or outer covering of.
    I sat by my sister's bed, peeling oranges for her.
  3. (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.
  4. (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.
  5. (intransitive) To remove one's clothing.
    The children peeled by the side of the lake and jumped in.
  6. (intransitive) To move, separate (off or away)
    The scrum-half peeled off and made for the touchlines.
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Noun

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peel

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

Anglo-Norman and Old French pel (cf. modern French pieu), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] palus (stake).

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peel

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  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

From Old French pele (cf. modern pelle), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] pala, from the base of plangere (fix, plant).

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peel

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  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, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The blade of an oar.
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Etymology 4

Origin unknown.

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peel

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

Etymology 5

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

Verb

Infinitive
to peel

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to peel (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To send through a hoop (of a ball other than one's own).

Etymology 6

Misspelling.

Verb

Infinitive
to peel

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Simple past
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to peel (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. Common 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... .

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