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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fleshnoun

    the soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate: mainly muscle tissue and fat

  2. human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, fleshnoun

    alternative names for the body of a human being

    "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"

  3. pulp, fleshverb

    a soft moist part of a fruit

  4. fleshverb

    remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture


  1. fleshnoun

    The soft tissue of the body, especially muscle and fat.

  2. fleshnoun

    Bare arms, bare legs, bare torso.

  3. fleshnoun

    Animal tissue regarded as food; meat.

  4. fleshnoun

    The human body as a physical entity.

  5. fleshnoun

    The mortal body of a human being, contrasted with the spirit or soul.

  6. fleshnoun

    The evil and corrupting principle working in man.

  7. fleshnoun

    The skin of a human or animal.

  8. fleshnoun

    The soft, often edible, parts of fruits or vegetables.

  9. fleshverb

    To bury (something, especially a weapon) in flesh.

  10. fleshverb

    To inure or habituate someone in or to a given practice.

  11. fleshverb

    To put flesh on; to fatten.

  12. fleshverb

    To add details.

    The writer had to go back and flesh out the climactic scene.

  13. fleshverb

    to remove the flesh from the skin during the making of leather.

  14. Etymology: From flæsc, from flaisk-, from pleh₁ḱ. Compare Old High German "fleisk" (German "Fleisch").

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FLESHnoun

    Etymology: flœc, flœsc, Saxon; vleesch, Dutch; fêol, Erse.

    As if this flesh, which walls about our life,
    Were brass impregnable. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    A disease that’s in my flesh,
    Which I must needs call mine. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    And thou, my soul, which turn’st with curious eye
    To view the beams of thine own form divine,
    Know, that thou can’st know nothing perfectly,
    While thou art clouded with this flesh of mine. Davies.

    A spirit hath not flesh and bones. New Testament.

    Flesh should be forborne as long as he is in coats, or at least ’till he is two or three years old. John Locke.

    Flesh, without being qualified with acids, is too alkalescent a diet. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Acidity in the infant may be cured by a flesh diet in the nurse. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    There is another indictment upon thee, for suffering flesh to be eaten in thy house, contrary to the law. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    We mortify ourselves with the diet of fish; and think we fare coarsely, if we abstain from the flesh of other animals. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    The end of all flesh is come before me. Gen. vi. 13.

    Name not religion; for thou lov’st the flesh. William Shakespeare.

    Fasting serves to mortify the flesh, and subdue the lusts thereof. George Smalridge, Sermons.

    They that are in the flesh cannot please God. Rom. viii. 8.

    The flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh. Gal. v. 16.

    Let not our hand be upon him; for he is our flesh. Gen.

    When thou seest the naked, cover him; and hide not thyself from thine own flesh. Isa. lviii. 7.

    Ye judge after the flesh. John viii. 15.

  2. To Fleshverb

    Good man boy, if you please; come, I’ll flesh ye. William Shakespeare.

    Every puny swordsman will think him a good tame quarry to enter and flesh himself upon. Government of the Tongue.

    These princes finding them so fleshed in cruelty, as not to be reclaimed, secretly undertook the matter alone. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    The women ran all away, saving only one, who was so fleshed in malice, that neither during nor after the fight she gave any truce to her cruelty. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Harry from curb’d licence plucks
    The muzzle of restraint; and the wild dog
    Shall flesh his tooth on every innocent. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    He hath perverted a young gentlewoman, and this night he fleshes his will in the spoil of her honour. William Shakespeare.

    The kindred of him hath been flesh’d upon us;
    And he is bred out of that bloody strain,
    That hunted us in our familiar paths. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Full bravely hast thou flesht
    Thy maiden sword. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.


  1. flesh

    Flesh generally refers to the soft substance consisting of muscle and fat that surrounds the bones of an animal or human body. It is often associated with being edible and can also be used metaphorically in various contexts. In botany, it can refer to the soft, pulpy part of a fruit or vegetable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fleshnoun

    the aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which cover the framework of bones in man and other animals; especially, the muscles

  2. Fleshnoun

    animal food, in distinction from vegetable; meat; especially, the body of beasts and birds used as food, as distinguished from fish

  3. Fleshnoun

    the human body, as distinguished from the soul; the corporeal person

  4. Fleshnoun

    the human eace; mankind; humanity

  5. Fleshnoun

    human nature

  6. Fleshnoun

    in a good sense, tenderness of feeling; gentleness

  7. Fleshnoun

    in a bad sense, tendency to transient or physical pleasure; desire for sensual gratification; carnality

  8. Fleshnoun

    the character under the influence of animal propensities or selfish passions; the soul unmoved by spiritual influences

  9. Fleshnoun

    kindred; stock; race

  10. Fleshnoun

    the soft, pulpy substance of fruit; also, that part of a root, fruit, and the like, which is fit to be eaten

  11. Fleshverb

    to feed with flesh, as an incitement to further exertion; to initiate; -- from the practice of training hawks and dogs by feeding them with the first game they take, or other flesh. Hence, to use upon flesh (as a murderous weapon) so as to draw blood, especially for the first time

  12. Fleshverb

    to glut; to satiate; hence, to harden, to accustom

  13. Fleshverb

    to remove flesh, membrance, etc., from, as from hides

  14. Etymology: [OE. flesch, flesc, AS. flsc; akin to OFries. flsk, D. vleesch, OS. flsk, OHG. fleisc, G. fleisch, Icel. & Dan. flesk lard, bacon, pork, Sw. flsk.]


  1. Flesh

    Flesh is a 1968 film directed by American filmmaker Paul Morrissey. Flesh is the first film of the "Paul Morrissey Trilogy" produced by Andy Warhol. The other films in the trilogy include Trash and Heat. All three have gained a cult following and are noted examples of the ideals and ideology of the time period. The film stars Joe Dallesandro as a hustler working on the streets of New York City. The movie highlights various Warhol superstars, in addition to being the film debuts of both Jackie Curtis and Candy Darling. Also appearing are Geraldine Smith as Joe's wife and Patti D'Arbanville as her lover.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flesh

    flesh, n. the soft substance which covers the bones of animals: animal food: the bodies of beasts and birds, not fish: the body, not the soul: animals or animal nature: mankind: kindred: bodily appetites: the present life: the soft substance of fruit: the part of a fruit fit to be eaten: (B.) man's visible nature (as opposed to Pneuma or Spirit), his human or bodily nature, the seat of sin, but not originally or necessarily evil.—v.t. to train to an appetite for flesh, as dogs for hunting: to accustom: to glut: to use upon flesh, as a sword, esp. for the first time.—ns. Flesh′-broth, broth made by boiling flesh; Flesh′-brush, a brush used for rubbing the skin to excite circulation; Flesh′-col′our, pale red, like the normal colour of the cheek of a child.—adj. Fleshed (flesht), having flesh: fat.—ns. Flesh′er (Scot.), a butcher; Flesh′-fly, a fly that deposits its eggs in and feeds on flesh; Flesh′hood (Mrs Browning), the state of being in the flesh; Flesh′-hook, a hook for drawing flesh from a pot; Flesh′iness.—n.pl. Flesh′ings, thin flesh-coloured dress worn by dancers, actors, &c.—adj. Flesh′less, without flesh: lean.—ns. Flesh′liness; Flesh′ling (Spens.), one wholly devoted to sensuality.—adj. Flesh′ly, corporeal: carnal: not spiritual—also adv. Flesh′ly-mind′ed, given to sensual pleasures: carnally-minded.—ns. Flesh′-meat, flesh of animals used for food; Flesh′ment (Shak.), act of fleshing or initiating, excitement arising from success; Flesh′monger, one who deals in flesh: (Shak.) a procurer, a pimp; Flesh′-pot, a pot or vessel in which flesh is cooked: (fig.) abundance of flesh, high living; Flesh′-pottery, sumptuous living; Flesh′-tint, the tint or colour that best represents the human body; Flesh′-worm, a worm that feeds on flesh; Flesh′-wound, a wound not reaching beyond the flesh.—adj. Flesh′y, fat: pulpy: plump.—An arm of flesh, human strength or help; In the flesh, in life, alive: (B.) under control of the lower nature. [A.S. flǽsc; cog. forms in all Teut. languages; Ger. fleisch, &c.]

Editors Contribution

  1. fleshnoun

    Floruit fluid Einsteinium hour highest possible frequency in H2O. 1.) The soft substance consisting of muscle and fat that is found between the skin and bones of an animal or a human. The skin or surface of the human body with reference to its color, appearance, or sensual properties. The human body and its physical needs and desires contrasted with the mind or the soul.

    Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God. Who loves me and gave himself for me.

    Etymology: Temporal Chemistry

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 26, 2024  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FLESH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Flesh is ranked #143149 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Flesh surname appeared 116 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Flesh.

    85.3% or 99 total occurrences were White.
    6.9% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    5.1% or 6 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flesh' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3717

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flesh' in Nouns Frequency: #1551

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flesh in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flesh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of flesh in a Sentence

  1. Amir Khan:

    This regulation is putting flesh on the bone of these political divergences.

  2. Bryanna Reid:

    - Maybe you're a succubus who hunts for my flesh? Or Mephistopheles, who hunts for my soul? - Oh, no! I am much worse: succubus wants body, Mephistopheles wants soul, but I want you all, with your flesh and soul!

  3. Alfred Galik:

    That means the cadaver was not butchered, and the flesh was not used — what remains as an untypical behavior, especially in times of war.

  4. Stephen Grey:

    There is an emerging recognition that flesh and blood human sources ca n’t be overtaken by technology.

  5. Allen Ginsberg:

    Fortunately art is a community effort --a small but select community living in a spiritualized world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh.

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