Skin Definition

skinned, skinning, 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
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
Depicting and exploiting nudity and sex.
A skin magazine.
Webster's New World
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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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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