skin-deep

adjective \ ˈskin-ˈdēp \

Definition of skin-deep

1 : as deep as the skin
2 : not thorough or lasting in impression : superficial

First Known Use of skin-deep

circa 1613

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

SKIN-DEEP Defined for English Language Learners

skin-deep

Definition of skin-deep for English Language Learners

  • : not very deep at all : relating to, affecting, or involving only the surface



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up skin-deep? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

investment of mental or emotional energy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks Quiz

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!