skin

noun, often attributive
\ ˈskin How to pronounce skin (audio) \

Definition of skin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : the integument of an animal (such as a fur-bearing mammal or a bird) separated from the body usually with its hair or feathers
(2) : a usually unmounted specimen of a vertebrate (as in a museum)
b : the hide or pelt of a game or domestic animal
c(1) : the pelt of an animal prepared for use as a trimming or in a garment — compare hide entry 2
(2) : a sheet of parchment or vellum made from a hide
2a : the external limiting tissue layer of an animal body especially : the 2-layered covering of a vertebrate body consisting of an outer epidermis and an inner dermis
b : an outer covering (such as a rind or husk) of a fruit or seed
c : a membranous film or scum (as on boiling milk or drying paint)
3 : the life or physical well-being of a person saved his own skin
4 : a sheathing or casing forming the outside surface of a structure (such as a ship or airplane)
by the skin of one's teeth
: by a very narrow margin
under one's skin
: so deeply penetrative as to irritate, stimulate, provoke thought, or otherwise excite
under the skin
: beneath apparent or surface differences : at heart

skin

verb
skinned; skinning

Definition of skin (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to strip, scrape, or rub off an outer covering (such as the skin or rind) of
b : to strip or peel off
c : to cut, chip, or damage the surface of fell and skinned my knee
2a : to cover with or as if with skin
b : to heal over with skin
3a : to strip of money or property : fleece
b : to defeat badly
4 : to urge on and direct the course of (a draft animal)

intransitive verb

1 : to become covered with or as if with skin
2a : shinny
b : to pass or get by with scant room to spare

Definition of skin (Entry 3 of 3)

: devoted to showing nudes skin magazines

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Other Words from skin

Noun

skinless \ ˈskin-​ləs How to pronounce skinless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for skin

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of skin in a Sentence

Noun the rough skin of a shark Choose makeup that matches your skin tone. These snakes shed their skins once a year. Native Americans had many uses for animal skins. His boots are made of alligator skin. Potato skin is very nutritious. Verb The hunter skinned the rabbit and prepared it for cooking. I skinned my knee when I fell.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those conditions can be serious, causing shortness of breath, coughing, fast or slow heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, wheezing or changes in skin color. Dallas News, "No, wearing a face mask doesn’t have any negative health effects," 5 July 2020 For 58 years, Payne has worked in the Indianapolis Public Schools district — pushing to make the district a more equitable place that meets the needs of all of its students, regardless of their skin color. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Meet Pat Payne, an IPS teacher who has spent more than 5 decades working on racial equity," 2 July 2020 For many kids, skin color is no more relevant than hair or eye color, unless someone teaches them differently. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "How do our kids learn to respect differences? We teach them," 2 July 2020 The peeling began four days after my treatment, and from that point, the sloughing of my skin was fast and furious, shedding in snake-like sheets. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The cult-favorite Baby Foot peel is disgusting — and it totally works," 2 July 2020 Our skin color is a bull’s-eye; we are destined to be guilty first and innocent last. Howard J Conyers, Bon Appétit, "What We Lost When We Lost David McAtee," 25 June 2020 Those who remained weren’t much different on this count; the overwhelming majority had never discussed skin color, stereotypes, or discrimination with their child. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, "The Best Way to Parent in a Crisis Is to Tell the Truth," 23 June 2020 In 2016, Snapchat released a Bob Marley lens, which added dreadlocks and darkened skin color, prompting accusations of blackface. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Snapchat apologizes for Juneteenth filter that asked users to smile to break chains," 19 June 2020 Nearly half of black Americans have very little or no confidence that police officers in their community treat people the same regardless of skin color, according to a recent PBS NewsHour-NPR-Marist poll. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Cleveland patrolman’s union pushes back on calls to ‘defund police,' says consent decree provided blueprint for reform," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The right application can help skin adjust and minimize irritation, too. Deanna Pai, CNN Underscored, "Why now is a great time to finally try a retinoid," 30 June 2020 Could skin color be one of the reasons black Americans and Hispanic Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID-19? James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Paging Dr. Hamblin: Does Vitamin D Help Fight COVID-19?," 3 June 2020 When the butter is hot, add the chicken pieces skin side down and brown. cleveland, "Fresh, flavorful herbs are always at the ready in a kitchen garden," 1 June 2020 Gerald Erebon has been an outcast of sorts for all of his 30 years: Tall and light-skinned with wavy hair, Erebon looks nothing like the dark-skinned Kenyan man listed as his father on his birth certificate, or like his black mother and siblings. Washington Post, "Church accused of covering up priest’s abuse, and paternity," 9 Oct. 2019 Both brothers are combative and a little thin-skinned. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Keeping Up With the Cuomos," 4 Apr. 2020 The Chief starts skinning Clyde while the performers make strange animal sounds and pump their fists. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 The Chairo is associated with being poorer or more working class — and darker-skinned. Alejandro Maciel, Los Angeles Times, "For Mexicans in the U.S., the president of their homeland makes for spirited debate and begrudging silence," 14 Sep. 2019 Dry-aging is when an entire side of beef, or your entire whitetail or muley, is skinned and hung in conditions above freezing, but below 40 degrees. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "How Long Should You Age Venison?," 6 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Then there are the shocking statistics around breast cancer, which affects one in every eight women and is the most common non-skin cancer affecting women. Maria Aspan, Fortune, "‘We can’t ever go to the doctor with our guard down’: Why Black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer," 30 June 2020 My colleague Emily Schultz went a few months after me and had a funky, skin contact wine. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "The Wine Store in Barcelona Where Wine Nerds Just Want to Share the Love," 24 June 2019 The main issue with temperature drops is skin dehydration or lack of water, says ZENii Skincare founder, GP, and cosmetic doctor Johanna Ward. refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Get Through The Season With Flake-Free Skin," 21 Mar. 2018 The all-in-one formula gently removes makeup, cleanses face, and leaves skin feeling soft—with no need to even rinse. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Our Favorite Back-to-School Drugstore Beauty Bargains," 11 July 2017 Using spatula and a pair of tongs, carefully turn each fillet so skin side is up. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Crispy-Skin Salmon with Napa Cabbage," 30 Oct. 2017 Sun Protection F.A.B.'s Skin Tint offers SPF 30, and Glossier's Perfecting Skin Tint has none. Sable Yong, Allure, "First Aid Beauty's New Skin Tint Is VERY Similar to Glossier's But They Are NOT the Same," 18 July 2017 Skin imperfections are revealed to have names—papules, pustules, milia, cysts—and to respond to certain treatments. Jamie Lauren Keiles, The New Yorker, "Cleanse, Tone, Obsess: A Forum for Skin-Care Addicts," 6 June 2017 Skin injuries among people who have a toxic exposure to liquid chlorine include burning pain, redness and blisters. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Pool party poopers: CDC warns of parasitic infection, toxic gas," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of skin

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Adjective

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skin

Noun

Middle English, from Old Norse skinn; akin to Old English scinn skin, Middle High German schint fruit peel

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Time Traveler for skin

Time Traveler

The first known use of skin was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

9 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Skin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skin. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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skin

noun
How to pronounce skin (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of skin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the natural outer layer of tissue that covers the body of a person or animal
: the skin of an animal that has been removed from the body often with its hair or feathers still attached and that is used to make things (such as clothes)
: the outer covering of a fruit, vegetable, etc.

skin

verb

English Language Learners Definition of skin (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove the skin of (an animal, fruit, or vegetable)
: to scrape or rub off some of the skin from (a body part)

skin

noun
\ ˈskin How to pronounce skin (audio) \

Kids Definition of skin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the usually flexible outer layer of an animal body that in vertebrate animals is made up of two layers of cells forming an inner dermis and an outer epidermis
2 : the hide of an animal
3 : an outer or surface layer potato skins

Other Words from skin

skinless \ -​ləs \ adjective
skinned \ ˈskind \ adjective smooth-skinned

skin

verb
skinned; skinning

Kids Definition of skin (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to strip, scrape, or rub off the skin of This was the first summer her knees had not been skinned a dozen times …— Betsy Byars, The Summer of the Swans
2 : to remove an outer layer from (as by peeling)

skin

noun
\ ˈskin How to pronounce skin (audio) \

Medical Definition of skin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the 2-layered covering of the body consisting of an outer ectodermal epidermis that is more or less cornified and penetrated by the openings of sweat and sebaceous glands and an inner mesodermal dermis that is composed largely of connective tissue and is richly supplied with blood vessels and nerves
skinned; skinning

Medical Definition of skin (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut or scrape the skin of fell and skinned his knee

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