Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that peels, especially a kitchen implement for peeling the rinds or skins from fruits or vegetables.
  • n. One that can be readily peeled, especially a crab that is about to molt.
  • n. Slang A stripteaser.
  • n. Chiefly British A police officer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A police officer.
  • n. A person whose job it is to peel fruit or vegetable produce.
  • n. A utensil for peeling fruit or vegetables.
  • n. A woman (or less commonly a man) who removes her clothing for entertainment. A stripper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who peels or strips.
  • n. A pillager.
  • n. A nickname for a policeman; -- so called from Sir Robert Peel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who peels, strips, or flays.
  • n. A crab or lobster in the act of casting its shell; a shedder.
  • n. A stout iron bar of considerable length, having one end flattened into a broader surface, somewhat after the manner of a slice-bar, and the other end formed into a loop or handle, used by a workman called a “baller” in placing charges of piles, billets, blooms, ingots, etc., of iron or steel in a reheating-furnace preparatory to hammering.
  • n. A “ripper”; a very energetic person.
  • n. A plunderer; a pillager.
  • n. A policeman: so called form the English statesman Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), who while secretary for Ireland (1812–18) established a regular force of Irish police, and while home secretary (1828–30) improved the police system of London.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a worker who peels the skins from fruits and vegetables
  • n. a performer who provides erotic entertainment by undressing to music
  • n. a device for peeling vegetables or fruits

Etymologies

After Sir Robert Peel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the surname of Sir Robert Peel, who established the Irish constabulary and London's police force; compare bobby, from the given name. (Wiktionary)
From peel + -er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • MacDermott had fallen in love with a girl who had preferred to marry a peeler ... _a peeler_, mind you! ... they would split their sides laughing.

    The Foolish Lovers

  • Thanks for the up date. xxx And by the way I think that getting up and going to work every day knowing that people might try to kill you just for being a peeler is actually quite heroic. xxx

    POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • And by the way I think that getting up and going to work every day knowing that people might try to kill you just for being a peeler is actually quite heroic. on March 15, 2009 at 9: 26 pm | Reply Von Spreuth xxx TB

    POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • I received the Kuhn Rikon version of this soft skin peeler as a gift and was skeptical at first, but it is now one of my favorite gadgets in the kitchen.

    Zyliss Soft Skin Peeler | Baking Bites

  • To top it off, she even provides instructions on how to make your own asparagus peeler from a thin bladed knife and a 15 length of 16 gauge wire - in case you don't want to spend for a commercial one.

    Asparagus with Morels and an XL Digression, blah-di-blah blah.

  • As I have mentioned before in these pages my $5.95 Messermeister serrated peeler is a marvel.

    Toast:

  • Autocutter with receipt version and label peeler with label version

    Retail Solutions Online Products

  • He tells also of an elderly off-duty cop -- a "peeler" -- having a drink in a bar, seeing his IRA killers approach and pleading: "Ah, no, boys, not me ..."

    The Price Of Courage

  • (Episode 43, where Warren chases that Bam! guy around the kitchen screaming, with a peeler, is sure to be an instant classic.

    cognitive dissonance

  • Mind you I don’t think Sinj Majeep would try it here though as every peeler is armed and can hit any stationary target at emm 5-10 yds!! on July 1, 2007 at 8: 23 pm | Reply Anon

    Shang A Lang. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "Bastards. They snuck this insidious bit of legislation in. So, it is fine for everyone in blighty to be on camera practically 24/7. Everyone? Of course the Peelers are exempt. War on terror don't you know? It is for our own good no doubt. The innocent have nothing repeat NOTHING to fear. If you do see a couple of Coppers beating the tar out of someone best not record it on your mobile eh? I may have to delete those photos I took of an un road taxed police car outside the local Nick (another story) to recap; UK= Orwellian Shithole."
    - pattenicus, comment on policelink.com, 17 Feb 2009.

    February 17, 2009

  • Caught, by mistake, a train to Crewe, where Peelers
    found him in deep repose (fatigued by travel
    and tiny phials of Inter-City brandy).
    Night spent in durance vile. Next day the beak...

    - Peter Reading, Sortie, from Diplopic, 1983

    June 30, 2008

  • Thanks rt!

    *not listening to u's creepy innuendoes*

    la la la la

    *fingers in ears*

    November 30, 2007

  • Thanks u, but some things are better left to the imagination.

    November 29, 2007

  • Don't worry, someday my ghosts will be found (but hopefully not busted) and all will be revealed at last...

    November 29, 2007

  • *is creeped out*

    ;)

    November 29, 2007

  • chained_bear: You would be surprised to learn half of the words I've listed. *strange smile*

    November 29, 2007

  • Done. Nice catch, arby. :-)

    November 28, 2007

  • So do I.
    *waits*

    November 28, 2007

  • I have to say, I think mounting experiments solely to provoke WeirdNet has to be added to Reesetee's list!

    November 28, 2007

  • WeirdNet knows. It knows.

    November 28, 2007

  • All hail the brilliance of VanishedOne. Great idea. I'm going off to mount experiments solely to provoke WeirdNet.

    Edit: OK, I went off and tried burlesque. No dice (normal definition). Then tried striptease. Ditto. Then lap dance. No definition. Then pole dance, ditto, but did notice that it was on uselessness's list. (!!)

    Then tried pasties, and had to add my own definition because I can't fathom why no one has listed this versatile and interesting term. And in so doing, discovered I also had to check out hoo-hah (don't ask, just see pasties), and finally got what I consider to be a WeirdNet definition. Though it pales in comparison to either peeler or faggot.

    Whew. I'm tired.

    November 28, 2007

  • I just became the first to list stripper to find out what WeirdNet would say: 'a chemical compound used to remove paint or varnish'.

    November 28, 2007

  • Well, it's in Princeton, and I can tell you firsthand what a rowdy town that is.

    November 28, 2007

  • @WeirdNet: WHAT?! I never heard of such a thing!

    Where the hell does WeirdNet hang out, anyway?!

    November 28, 2007

  • Obscure as usual, u.

    November 28, 2007

  • Or, um, that utensil you, uh, peel stuff with.

    November 28, 2007

  • Ah, yes. The greywords of WeirdNet are at it again.

    November 28, 2007

  • Also, and surely more common, old UK slang for a cop.

    November 28, 2007