peel·​ing ˈpē-liŋ How to pronounce peeling (audio)
: a peeled-off piece or strip

Examples of peeling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This cream prevents severe splitting, chipping, peeling, and cracking. Kayla Hui, Mph, Verywell Health, 13 May 2024 Fiber is another essential reason to eat those peelings. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 8 May 2024 This cream prevents splitting, chipping, peeling, and cracking—even in the most severe cases. Kayla Hui, Mph, Verywell Health, 15 Sep. 2023 There are different types of primers, each optimized for specific purposes, such as blocking stains or smells, filling small divots, or preventing further peeling of paint that’s starting to come loose. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 Our goal was to find the best products available to address weak, splitting, peeling, and brittle nails. Kayla Hui, Mph, Verywell Health, 15 Sep. 2023 Prep the apples: Start by washing, peeling, and coring your apples. Pam Lolley, Southern Living, 9 Sep. 2023 And then — when this happens again, scoop up all of the peelings, the leavings, the mouse dirt, put it all into a container (with a lid), and leave it on his plate. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2023 Apply a thin, nickel-size layer of the eye cream on the inside of your forearm, then reapply it as the product’s label recommends; watch for reactions like redness, dryness, itchiness, peeling, or flaking in the next couple days. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 3 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peeling was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Peeling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


peel·​ing ˈpē-liŋ How to pronounce peeling (audio)
: a peeled-off piece or strip (as of skin or rind)
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