1375–1425; late Middle English; see flesh, -ed3

overfleshed, adjective
unfleshed, adjective
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the soft substance of a human or other animal body, consisting of muscle and fat.
muscular and fatty tissue.
this substance or tissue in animals, viewed as an article of food, usually excluding fish and sometimes fowl; meat.
fatness; weight.
the body, especially as distinguished from the spirit or soul: The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
the physical or animal nature of humankind as distinguished from its moral or spiritual nature: the needs of the flesh.
living creatures generally.
a person's family or relatives.
Botany. the soft, pulpy portion of a fruit, vegetable, etc., as distinguished from the core, skin, shell, etc.
the surface of the human body; skin: A person with tender flesh should not expose it to direct sunlight.
verb (used with object)
to plunge (a weapon) into the flesh.
Hunting. to feed (a hound or hawk) with flesh in order to make it more eager for the chase. Compare blood ( def 16 ).
to incite and accustom (persons) to bloodshed or battle by an initial experience.
to inflame the ardor or passions of by a foretaste.
to overlay or cover (a skeleton or skeletal frame) with flesh or with a fleshlike substance.
to give dimension, substance, or reality to (often followed by out ): The playwright wrote pretty good characters, but the actors really fleshed them out.
to remove adhering flesh from (hides), in leather manufacture.
Archaic. to satiate with flesh or fleshly enjoyments; surfeit; glut.
Verb phrases
flesh out,
to gain weight: He realized to his dismay that he had fleshed out during the months of forced inactivity.
to add details to or make more complete: She fleshed out her proposal considerably before presenting it to the committee for action.
in the flesh, present and alive before one's eyes; in person: The movie star looked quite different in the flesh.
pound of flesh, something that strict justice demands is due, but can only be paid with great loss or suffering to the payer.
press the flesh, Informal. to shake hands, as with voters while campaigning: The senator is busy as ever pressing the flesh on the campaign trail.

before 900; Middle English flesc, Old English flǣsc; cognate with Old Frisian flēsk, Old High German fleisk (German Fleisch), Old Norse flesk bacon

fleshless, adjective
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flesh (flɛʃ)
1.  the soft part of the body of an animal or human, esp muscular tissue, as distinct from bone and visceraRelated: sarcoid
2.  informal excess weight; fat
3.  archaic the edible tissue of animals as opposed to that of fish or, sometimes, fowl; meat
4.  the thick usually soft part of a fruit or vegetable, as distinct from the skin, core, stone, etc
5.  the human body and its physical or sensual nature as opposed to the soul or spiritRelated: carnal
6.  mankind in general
7.  animate creatures in general
8.  one's own family; kin (esp in the phrase one's own flesh and blood)
9.  a yellowish-pink to greyish-yellow colour
10.  Christian Science belief on the physical plane which is considered erroneous, esp the belief that matter has sensation
11.  (modifier) tanning of or relating to the inner or under layer of a skin or hide: a flesh split
12.  in the flesh in person; actually present
13.  make one's flesh creep (esp of something ghostly) to frighten and horrify one
14.  informal press the flesh to shake hands, usually with large numbers of people, esp in political campaigning
15.  (tr) hunting to stimulate the hunting instinct of (hounds or falcons) by giving them small quantities of raw flesh
16.  to wound the flesh of with a weapon
17.  archaic, poetic or to accustom or incite to bloodshed or battle by initial experience
18.  tanning to remove the flesh layer of (a hide or skin)
19.  to fatten; fill out
Related: sarcoid, carnal
[Old English flǣsc; related to Old Norse flesk ham, Old High German fleisk meat, flesh]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. flæsc "flesh, meat," also "near kindred" (a sense now obsolete except in phrase flesh and blood), common W. and N.Gmc. (cf. O.Fris. flesk, M.L.G. vlees, Ger. Fleisch "flesh," O.N. flesk "pork, bacon"), of unknown origin, perhaps from P.Gmc. *flaiskoz-. Figurative use for "animal or physical
nature of man" (O.E.), is from the Bible, especially Paul's use of Gk. sarx, which yielded sense of "sensual appetites" (c.1200). Flesh-wound is from 1670s; flesh-color, the hue of "Caucasian" skin, is first recorded 1610s, described as a tint composed of "a light pink with a little yellow" [O'Neill, "Dyeing," 1862]. An O.E. poetry-word for "body" was flæsc-hama, lit. "flesh-home."

1520s, "to render (a hunting animal) eager for prey by rewarding it with flesh from a kill," with figurative extensions, from flesh (n.). Meaning "to clothe or embody with flesh," with figurative extensions, is from 1660s.
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Medical Dictionary

flesh (flěsh)
The soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate, covering the bones and consisting mainly of skeletal muscle and fat.

flesh'y adj.
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Flesh definition

in the Old Testament denotes (1) a particular part of the body of man and animals (Gen. 2:21; 41:2; Ps. 102:5, marg.); (2) the whole body (Ps. 16:9); (3) all living things having flesh, and particularly humanity as a whole (Gen. 6:12, 13); (4) mutability and weakness (2 Chr. 32:8; comp. Isa. 31:3; Ps. 78:39). As suggesting the idea of softness it is used in the expression "heart of flesh" (Ezek. 11:19). The expression "my flesh and bone" (Judg. 9:2; Isa. 58:7) denotes relationship. In the New Testament, besides these it is also used to denote the sinful element of human nature as opposed to the "Spirit" (Rom. 6:19; Matt. 16:17). Being "in the flesh" means being unrenewed (Rom. 7:5; 8:8, 9), and to live "according to the flesh" is to live and act sinfully (Rom. 8:4, 5, 7, 12). This word also denotes the human nature of Christ (John 1:14, "The Word was made flesh." Comp. also 1 Tim. 3:16; Rom. 1:3).

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Example sentences
Commendable, for sure, but not exactly a fleshed-out philosophy.
Ultimately, the manifesto will prove its worth only if it leads to a fleshed-out theory.
Although the theory of it apparently has been fleshed out, the experiment
  empirically proves it.
As fleshed out by there being no proposal from them that everyone else to
  rewarded as much for an hour of labour as they do.
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