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
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)