peeler

1 [pee-ler]
noun
1.
a person or thing that peels.
2.
a kitchen implement, often having a swiveling, protected blade, for removing the peel or outer skin of a vegetable or fruit.
3.
a long-staple cotton raised originally in the regions along the Yazoo River and the Mississippi River delta.
4.
a yarn made from this cotton.
5.
Slang. a striptease dancer.
6.
a log, especially of a Douglas fir, suitable for rotary cutting into veneers.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English peler. See peel1, -er1

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peeler

2 [pee-ler]
noun British Archaic.
a police officer.

Origin:
1810–20; named after Sir R. Peel; see -er1

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peeler1 (ˈpiːlə)
 
n
1.  a special knife or mechanical device for peeling vegetables, fruit, etc: a potato peeler
2.  slang (US) a striptease dancer

peeler2 (ˈpiːlə)
 
n
old-fashioned, slang (Brit) another word for policeman
 
[C19: from the founder of the police force, Sir Robert Peel]

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peeler
"policeman," 1817, British colloquial, originally a member of the Ir. constabulary, named for Sir (at that time Mr.) Robert Peel (1788-1850) who founded the Irish Constabulary (cf. bobby). Meaning "strip-tease artist" (1951) is from peel (v.).
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Example sentences
Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest of citrus fruits.
Using a vegetable peeler or paring knife, peel pumpkin or squash.
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