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flesh

noun \ ˈflesh \

Definition of flesh

1 a :the soft parts of the body of an animal and especially of a vertebrate; especially :the parts composed chiefly of skeletal muscle as distinguished from internal organs, bone, and integument
b :the condition of having ample fat on the body
  • cattle in good flesh
c :skin
2 a :edible parts of an animal
b :flesh of a mammal or fowl eaten as food
3 a :the physical nature of human beings
  • the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak
  • —Matthew 26:41 (King James Version)
4 a :human beings :humankind
b :living beings
5 :a fleshy plant part used as food; also :the fleshy part of a fruit
6 Christian Science :an illusion that matter has sensation
7 :substance
  • insights buried in the flesh of the narrative
  • —Jan Carew
in the flesh
:in person and alive

Examples of flesh in a Sentence

  1. the flabby white flesh of his belly

  2. a disease that causes sores on the flesh

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Origin and Etymology of flesh

Middle English, from Old English flǣsc; akin to Old High German fleisk flesh and perhaps to Old English flēan to flay — more at flay

flesh Synonyms

Synonyms
meat
Related Words
game, poultry, red meat, variety meat

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flesh

verb

Definition of flesh

transitive verb
1 :to initiate or habituate especially by giving a foretaste
2 archaic :gratify
3 a :to clothe or cover with or as if with flesh; broadly :to give substance to usually used with out
  • flesh out a plan
b :to make fuller or more nearly complete used with out
  • museums fleshing out their collections with borrowed works
4 :to free from flesh
intransitive verb
:to become fleshy often used with up or out

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First Known Use of flesh

1530



FLESH Defined for English Language Learners

flesh

noun

Definition of flesh for English Language Learners

  • : the soft parts of the body of an animal or person

  • : the skin of a person

  • : parts of an animal used as food


FLESH Defined for Kids

flesh

noun \ ˈflesh \

Definition of flesh for Students

1 :the soft parts of an animal's or person's body
2 :the part of an animal that is eaten :meat
3 :a soft edible plant part an apple's white flesh

Medical Dictionary

flesh

noun \ ˈflesh \

medical Definition of flesh

:the soft parts of the body of an animal and especially of a vertebrate; especially :the parts composed chiefly of skeletal muscle as distinguished from visceral structures, bone, and integuments — see goose bumps, proud flesh

fleshed

play \ˈflesht\ adjective


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