Skin Definition

skĭn
skinned, skinning, skins
noun
skins
The outer covering or integument of the animal body.
Webster's New World
Such a covering, esp. that of a small animal, when removed from the body and prepared for use; pelt.
Webster's New World
Something like skin in appearance or function; any outer layer, as fruit rind, the shell or plating of a ship, a film or scum, the outermost nacreous layer in a pearl, etc.
Webster's New World
A usually thin, closely adhering outer layer.
The skin of a peach; a sausage skin; the skin of an aircraft.
American Heritage
A thin, close-fitting, usually elastic garment, especially a shirt, worn by scuba divers and others who engage in water sports for protection against scrapes and other superficial injuries.
American Heritage
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verb
skinned, skinning, skins
To remove skin from.
Webster's New World
To climb (up or down)
Webster's New World
To bruise, cut, or injure the skin or surface of.
I skinned my knee.
American Heritage Medicine
To cover with or as with skin; grow skin on.
Webster's New World
To strip or peel off, as or like skin.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Depicting and exploiting nudity and sex.
A skin magazine.
Webster's New World
idiom
by the skin of (one's) teeth
  • By the smallest margin.
American Heritage
get under (someone's) skin
  • To irritate or stimulate; provoke.
  • To preoccupy someone; become an obsession.
American Heritage
have a thick skin
  • To be slow to take offense.
  • To be insensitive to the needs or concerns of others.
American Heritage
make (one's) skin
  • To cause one to be afraid or disgusted.
American Heritage
under the skin
  • Beneath the surface; fundamentally:

    enemies who are really brothers under the skin.

American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Skin

Noun

Singular:
skin
Plural:
skins

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Origin of Skin

  • From Middle English skinn, from Old Norse skinn (“animal hide"), from Proto-Germanic *skinþą (compare Old English scinn (“hide"), Dutch schinde (“bark"), dialectal German Schinde (“fruit peel")), from Proto-Celtic *skento- (compare Breton skant (“scales"), Old Irish ceinn), from Proto-Indo-European *skend- (“to split off") (compare Irish scainim (“I tear, burst"), Latin scindere (“to split, divide"), Sanskrit [script?] (chinátti, “he splits")[Devanagari?]), nasal variant of *skeh₁i-d- (“to cut"). More at shed.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old Norse skinn sek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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