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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

skinskɪn(n.; v.; adj.)skinned, skin•ning

  1. (n.)the external covering or integument of an animal body, esp. when soft and flexible.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  2. such an integument stripped from the body of an animal, esp. a small animal; pelt:

    a beaver skin.

  3. the tanned or treated hide of an animal; leather (usu. used in combination):


    Category: Clothing

  4. any integumentary covering, casing, outer coating, or surface layer, as an investing membrane, the rind of fruit, or a film on liquid.

    Category: Botany

  5. a casing, as of metal or plastic, around an object:

    the skin of a computer monitor.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. a container made of animal skin, used for holding liquids, esp. wine.

  7. skins,Slang. drums.

    Category: Status (usage)

  8. Slang. a dollar bill.

    Category: Status (usage)

  9. (v.t.)to strip or deprive of skin; flay; peel; husk.

  10. to remove or strip off (any covering, surface layer, etc.).

  11. to scrape or rub a small piece of skin from (a part of the body), as in falling.

  12. to urge on, drive, or whip (a draft animal, as a mule or ox).

  13. to climb or jump:

    to skin a wall with one leap.

  14. to cover with or as if with skin.

  15. to strip of money or belongings; fleece, as in gambling.

    Category: Status (usage)

  16. (adj.)showing or featuring nude persons, often in a sexually explicit way: presenting films, shows, etc., that feature nude persons, esp. in a sexually explicit way:

    a skin magazine.

    a notorious skin house.

    Category: Status (usage)

Idioms for skin:

  1. by the skin of one's teeth,by an extremely narrow margin; just barely.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  2. get under one's skin, to irritate; bother. to affect deeply; impress.

    Category: Idiom, Status (usage)

  3. have a thick (or thin ) skin,to be remarkably insensitive (or sensitive), esp. to criticism.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of skin:

1150–1200; ME (n.) < ON skinn, akin to MLG schinden to flay, peel, OHG scindan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. skin, tegument, cutis(noun)

    a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch

    "your skin is the largest organ of your body"

  2. skin(noun)

    an outer surface (usually thin)

    "the skin of an airplane"

  3. hide, pelt, skin(noun)

    body covering of a living animal

  4. skin(noun)

    a person's skin regarded as their life

    "he tried to save his skin"

  5. peel, skin(noun)

    the rind of a fruit or vegetable

  6. skin(verb)

    a bag serving as a container for liquids; it is made from the hide of an animal

  7. clamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, struggle, sputter(verb)

    climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

  8. skin, scrape(verb)

    bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of

    "The boy skinned his knee when he fell"

  9. bark, skin(verb)

    remove the bark of a tree

  10. skin, peel, pare(verb)

    strip the skin off

    "pare apples"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. skin(noun)ɪn

    the outer covering of the body

    her beautiful dark skin; dry skin; skin cancer

  2. skinɪn

    the outer covering of a fruit or vegetable; = peel

    Peel the skin off the potatoes.

  3. skinɪn

    an animal's skin, used to make clothing, rugs, etc.

    a rabbit skin coat

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skin(noun)

    the external membranous integument of an animal

  2. Skin(noun)

    the hide of an animal, separated from the body, whether green, dry, or tanned; especially, that of a small animal, as a calf, sheep, or goat

  3. Skin(noun)

    a vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids. See Bottle, 1

  4. Skin(noun)

    the bark or husk of a plant or fruit; the exterior coat of fruits and plants

  5. Skin(noun)

    that part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole

  6. Skin(noun)

    the covering, as of planking or iron plates, outside the framing, forming the sides and bottom of a vessel; the shell; also, a lining inside the framing

  7. Skin(verb)

    to strip off the skin or hide of; to flay; to peel; as, to skin an animal

  8. Skin(verb)

    to cover with skin, or as with skin; hence, to cover superficially

  9. Skin(verb)

    to strip of money or property; to cheat

  10. Skin(verb)

    to become covered with skin; as, a wound skins over

  11. Skin(verb)

    to produce, in recitation, examination, etc., the work of another for one's own, or to use in such exercise cribs, memeoranda, etc., which are prohibited


  1. Skin

    Skin is the soft outer covering of vertebrates. Other animal coverings such as the arthropod exoskeleton have different developmental origin, structure and chemical composition. The adjective cutaneous means "of the skin". In mammals, the skin is the largest organ of the integumentary system made up of multiple layers of ectodermal tissue, and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. Skin of a different nature exists in amphibians, reptiles, and birds. All mammals have some hair on their skin, even marine mammals which appear to be hairless. The skin interfaces with the environment and is the first line of defense from external factors. For example, the skin plays a key role in protecting the body against pathogens and excessive water loss. Its other functions are insulation, temperature regulation, sensation, and the production of vitamin D folates. Severely damaged skin may heal by forming scar tissue. This is sometimes discoloured and depigmented. The thickness of skin also varies from location to location on an organism. In humans for example, the skin located under the eyes and around the eyelids is the thinnest skin in the body at 0.5 mm thick, and is one of the first areas to show signs of aging such as "crows feet" and wrinkles. The skin on the palms and the soles of the feet is 4 mm thick and the thickest skin in the body.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Skin

    The outer covering of the body that protects it from the environment. It is composed of the DERMIS and the EPIDERMIS.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SKIN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1511

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SKIN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1980

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SKIN' in Nouns Frequency: #622

Translations for SKIN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the natural outer covering of an animal or person

She couldn't stand the feel of wool against her skin; A snake can shed its skin.

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