- A design feature copied from a similar feature in another object, even when not functionally necessary. [From 1889.]
Skeuomorphs serve various purposes. Since people are used to the click sound of a camera as feedback that it took the picture, many digital cameras reproduce it. Other examples are copper cladding on a zinc penny (for familiarity) and wood finish on a plastic product (for a more expensive look).
From Ancient Greek ÏƒÎºÎµá¿¦Î¿Ï‚ (skeuos, “vessel, implement") + Î¼Î¿ÏÏ†Î® (morphÄ“, “form").
skeuomorph - Computer Definition
A design feature that is carried forth from the original version of a product in order to make people feel comfortable with the new device. For example, the click sound on a digital camera comes from an audio clip; however, the original sound was the actual shutter opening and closing. Spokes on hubcaps are skeuomorphs, whereas spokes on early automobile wheels were necessary. Pronounced "skew-uh-morf." From the Greek Words Skeuos and Morph "Skeuos" and "morph" mean "tool" and "shape," and the term originally referred to adornments that came from earlier Greek structures. For example, a decorative carving on a new building might replicate a form on an ancient temple that was structural.