Meaning of “peel” in the English Dictionary

"peel" in British English

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peelverb

uk /piːl/ us /piːl/

peel verb (FOOD)

B2 [ T ] to remove the skin of fruit and vegetables:

Peel, core, and chop the apples.

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peel verb (COVERING)

C2 [ I or T, usually + adv/prep ] If a layer or covering peels, it slowly comes off, and if you peel a layer or covering, you remove it slowly and carefully:

We peeled the wallpaper off the walls.
Peel off the backing strip and press the label down firmly.
The posters were peeling away from the damp walls.
The new paint is already starting to crack and peel.

peel verb (BODY)

[ I ] If you peel, or part of your body or your skin peels, parts of the top layer of your skin comes off because you are burned from being in the sun:

My back is peeling.

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peelnoun [ U ]

uk /piːl/ us /piːl/

the skin of fruit and vegetables, especially after it has been removed:

apple peel
potato peel
The dessert was decorated with strips of lemon peel.
What shall I do with the peel?

(Definition of “peel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"peel" in American English

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peelverb

us /pil/

peel verb (REMOVE VEGETABLE/FRUIT SKIN)

[ T ] to remove the skin of fruit and vegetables:

Peel, core, and chop the apples.

peel verb (REMOVE COVERING)

[ I/T ] to remove a covering slowly and carefully, or of a covering to come off:

[ T always + adv/prep ] We peeled the wallpaper off the walls.
[ I ] My back is peeling from that sunburn I got last weekend.

[ I/T ] If you peel off clothing, you take it off:

[ M ] Ramon peeled his sweaty shirt off and hung it on a chair to dry.

(Definition of “peel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)