• WordNet 3.6
    • n peeler a device for peeling vegetables or fruits "she invented a potato peeler"
    • n peeler a worker who peels the skins from fruits and vegetables
    • n peeler a performer who provides erotic entertainment by undressing to music
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Peeler A nickname for a policeman; -- so called from Sir Robert Peel .
    • n Peeler A pillager.
    • n Peeler pēl"ẽr One who peels or strips.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peeler One who peels, strips, or flays.
    • n peeler A crab or lobster in the act of casting its shell; a shedder.
    • n peeler 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.
    • n peeler A “ripper”; a very energetic person.
    • n peeler A plunderer; a pillager.
    • n peeler 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Peeler one who peels, a plunderer
    • n Peeler pēl′ėr a policeman, from Sir R. Peel, who established the Irish police (1812-18) and improved those in Britain (1828-30)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Peel to plunder


In literature:

S. A. Peeler, of the M. E. Church.
"American Missionary - Volume 50, No. 9, September, 1896" by Various
Come along back now, and buy the Ballad of `The Peeler and the Goat.
"The Irish Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
Don Roberto O'Krassa also has produced a highly satisfactory combined peeler and polisher.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
They pretend to be mighty afraid of the peelers; but, Lor' bless you!
"Captain Bayley's Heir:" by G. A. Henty
If a peeler was to take their names, they'd be shiverin' with fright.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Sure there isn't a peeler in the whole counthry, nor a jail neither, for a thousand mile.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
Hoard, Sabert Hoard, Joseph Beam, David Peeler and L. A. Bridges.
"The Southern Soldier Boy" by James Carson Elliott
That was a nerve-peeler!
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
Purwides for turning adrift all the poor old watermen, and for putting Peelers in their stead.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
The guardians of the streets were the new police, the Peelers or the Bobbies as they were sarcastically called.
"Christopher Crayon's Recollections The Life and Times of the late James Ewing Ritchie as told by himself" by J. Ewing Ritchie

In poetry:

Yes, savagely they murdered him,
Those coward Blue-coat imps
Who only found his hiding-place
From sneaking peelers' pimps.
"Death of Ben Hall" by Anonymous Oceania
But, if no obliging peeler
Will arrest this midnight squealer,
My own peculiar arm of might
Must undertake the job to-night.
"The Waster Singing at Midnight" by Robert Fuller Murray
He rode to a ranch and asked if by chance
They needed a good buckeroo.
They said he was rough, but not tough enough,
As a bronk peeler he wouldn't do.
"Yavapai Pete" by Curley Fletcher
He cares not for the bubbles of Fortune's fickle tide,
Who like Bendigo can battle, and like Olliver can ride.
He laughs at those who caution, at those who chide he'll frown,
As he clears a five-foot paling, or he knocks a peeler down.
"A Hunting Song" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

Richard Gregory Peeler , 63, of Billings, formerly of Havre, passed away Friday, Nov 9, 2012, at Eagle Cliff Manor.
And unlike a vegetable peeler or knife, which will peel some of the root with the skin, a dull spoon should take away only the skin.
His Rapier , a Peeler.
The three-function multi peeler from Stelton's Rig-Tig brand.
Possessing a pretty impressive set of abs himself, Brian Peeler knows what it takes to get one.
Barb was born in Amsterdam, N.Y. To the late Robert Johnson and Regina (Johnson) Peeler.
This is hands-down the coolest veggie peeler we've ever seen.
DAVID COOPER/TORONTO STAR Use a vegetable peeler to shave your cucumbers and carrots into ribbons.
FONDA-The village's 139-year-old volunteer fire department may be dissolved at the end of the year, according to Mayor Bill Peeler.
The Village Hall is being renovated tp provide a bigger meeting room and make other improvements, Mayor William Peeler said.
Peeler, who took office in April, said the renovation plan was started by former Mayor Kim Flander, who did not seek re-election.
Kyocera ceramic peelers and knife .
The Horizontal Y Peeler sells for $10.
You start peeling a few inches below the tip and peel down with a swivel peeler.
With vegetable peeler, shave raw asparagus from bottom to top into long, thin slices.