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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flesh(noun)

    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, flesh(noun)

    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, flesh(verb)

    a soft moist part of a fruit

  4. flesh(verb)

    remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture


  1. flesh(Noun)

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

  2. flesh(Noun)

    Bare arms, bare legs, bare torso.

  3. flesh(Noun)

    Animal tissue regarded as food; meat.

  4. flesh(Noun)

    The human body as a physical entity.

  5. flesh(Noun)

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

  6. flesh(Noun)

    The evil and corrupting principle working in man.

  7. flesh(Noun)

    The skin of a human or animal.

  8. flesh(Noun)

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

  9. flesh(Verb)

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

  10. flesh(Verb)

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

  11. flesh(Verb)

    To put flesh on; to fatten.

  12. flesh(Verb)

    To add details.

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

  13. flesh(Verb)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flesh(noun)

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

  2. Flesh(noun)

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

  3. Flesh(noun)

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

  4. Flesh(noun)

    the human eace; mankind; humanity

  5. Flesh(noun)

    human nature

  6. Flesh(noun)

    in a good sense, tenderness of feeling; gentleness

  7. Flesh(noun)

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

  8. Flesh(noun)

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

  9. Flesh(noun)

    kindred; stock; race

  10. Flesh(noun)

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

  11. Flesh(verb)

    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. Flesh(verb)

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

  13. Flesh(verb)

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

  14. Origin: [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.]

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  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. Craig McClain:

    We're not able to flesh that out.

  2. Douglas MacArthur:

    It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.

  3. Wendell Berry:

    In health the flesh is graced, the holy enters the world.

  4. Gavin Naylor:

    Many people have never seen these animals [ in the flesh ].

  5. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller:

    It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.

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