- a person who strips skins or processes them for market
- Slang a mule driver: now chiefly historical
- One that flays, dresses, or sells animal skins.
- A mule driver.
skin + -er
- A surname.
The family surname is occupational in origin. Before becoming used as a surname the word skinner was commonly used to identify someone who treated animal skins.
The English meaning of the surname means "one who prepared skins". An alternative Danish meaning of the family name is "Keeper of Robes" or "skins then worn" which also hints at the historical connection to tradespeople who were involved with furs and hides.