An example of a skin is the peel of an onion.
Skin the framework of a canoe.
They lied to save their skins.
Skinned and gutted the rabbit.
She skinned her knee.
Skin off the thin bark.
In January the pond skins over with ice.
We barely skinned by.
A skin magazine.
I skinned my knee.
Pass me a skin, mate.
Can I skin the application to put the picture of my cat on it?
A wound eventually skins over.
An example of to skin is to remove the fur of an animal.
A tent made of goat skins.
- By the smallest margin.
- To irritate or stimulate; provoke.
- To preoccupy someone; become an obsession.
- To be slow to take offense.
- To be insensitive to the needs or concerns of others.
- To cause one to be afraid or disgusted.
- Beneath the surface; fundamentally:.Enemies who are really brothers under the skin.
- To affect someone not at all; be of no direct concern to someone.
- By the smallest possible margin; barely.
- To anger or irritate someone.
- To be insensitive (or acutely sensitive) to blame, criticism, insults, etc.
- To save someone from harm or injury or, often, specif., from death.
- To scold or punish someone severely.
- To defeat someone decisively.
- (the condition of being) extremely lean and bony.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of skin
- Middle English from Old Norse skinn sek- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English skinn, from Old Norse skinn (“animal hide"), from Proto-Germanic *skinÃ¾Ä… (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?] (chinÃ¡tti, “he splits")[Devanagari?]), nasal variant of *skehâ‚i-d- (“to cut"). More at shed.