Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who peels, strips, or flays.
  • noun A crab or lobster in the act of casting its shell; a shedder.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A “ripper”; a very energetic person.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A plunderer; a pillager.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From peel + -er.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the surname of Sir Robert Peel, who established the Irish constabulary and London's police force; compare bobby, from the given name.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Toast:

  • 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.

    Splurge Pans Out : Utensibility Meme

  • 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

Comments

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

    November 28, 2007

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

    November 28, 2007

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

    November 28, 2007

  • Obscure as usual, u.

    November 28, 2007

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

    Where the hell does WeirdNet hang out, anyway?!

    November 28, 2007

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

    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

  • 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

  • WeirdNet knows. It knows.

    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