skin·​ner | \ ˈski-nər How to pronounce skinner (audio) \

Definition of skinner

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : one that deals in skins, pelts, or hides
b : one that removes, cures, or dresses skins
2 : sharper
3 : a driver of draft animals : teamster


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Skin·​ner | \ ˈski-nər How to pronounce Skinner (audio) \

Definition of Skinner (Entry 2 of 4)

B(urrhus) F(rederic) 1904–1990 American psychologist


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Definition of Skinner (Entry 3 of 4)

Cornelia Otis 1901–1979 daughter of Otis Skinner American actress and writer


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Definition of Skinner (Entry 4 of 4)

Otis 1858–1942 American actor

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Biographical name (1)

Skinnerian \ ski-​ˈnir-​ē-​ən How to pronounce Skinnerian (audio) , -​ˈner-​ How to pronounce Skinnerian (audio) \ adjective

Examples of skinner in a Sentence


he's proven himself to be a skinner of guys who are a lot smarter than you, so be wary of any deals you make with him

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Just to put this in perspective, a regulation beam is even skinner than the length of an iPhone 6. Elisa, Seventeen, "8 Unbelievable Photos Every "Dancing With the Stars" Fan Needs to See of Nastia Liukin," 6 Apr. 2015 In the meantime Elizabeth and Michael manage a motley staff of hide-skinners, a hugely profitable venture as westward expansion eradicates the last of the big herds, wipes out indigenous people and makes way for the railroads. Rick Bass, New York Times, "No Country for Young Widows," 10 Oct. 2017 Bleh has invested in a new grinder, tripled the size of his smokehouse and bought an expensive hot dog skinner. Polly Campbell,, "What's old is new again at Downtown meat market Avril Bleh," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of skinner


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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