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

skin

adjective

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

exterior, face, outside, shell, surface, veneer

Synonyms: Verb

bark, flay, hull, husk, peel, shell, shuck

Antonyms: Noun

inside, interior

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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

Ideally, the researchers wanted to fabricate something comfortable to wear that required no batteries or rigid circuits to prevent the stickers from stretching and contracting with the skin. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Press-On Sticker Could Someday Monitor Your Health," 19 Aug. 2019 One large white potato has nine grams of fiber (with skin), which is important for digestion and helping to lower our cholesterol. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers — and diners — dig potatoes of all types and colors," 15 Aug. 2019 When the pond is drained, a hairy wild man with rusty skin is found. John Orr, The Mercury News, "On Stage: ‘Iron John’ takes a look at a generation coming to grips with racist past," 13 Aug. 2019 The cyanobacteria produce cyanotoxins that can be harmful when swallowed, breathed in or in contact with skin, the pollution agency wrote on its website. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "A couple took their 3 dogs to a pond. Then toxic algae killed the pets," 12 Aug. 2019 Ethnic minorities, particularly those with darker skin, already face a certain amount of prejudice in Hong Kong -- now, some feel they are being viewed with greater suspicion. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Hong Kong isn't just battling on the streets: There is also a war on misinformation online," 11 Aug. 2019 The tomato is an heirloom variety known for being hefty in size with yellow skin and flesh marbled with red streaks. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Corn and tomatoes: The local sweet season has started," 9 Aug. 2019 Choose eggplants with taut, glossy skin and no bruises or brown spots. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Three recipes that bring out the deep flavors of eggplant," 7 Aug. 2019 In other words, the validity of this proof-of-concept paper is still in question for people with darker skin. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Selfie-based blood pressure readings could help equalize health care—if they work on all skin types," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Within the first few episodes of the show, she’s hand-skinning alligators and pulling out their insides with her raw hands as a means to feed her young while plotting her own revenge against the cult-like organization that did her dirty. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch this weekend: More deaths and drama — get ready to binge 13 Reasons Why," 23 Aug. 2019 Place the salmon skinned side down and centered on top of the double layer of plastic wrap. Kara Elder, Twin Cities, "There’s a world of cured fish beyond lox. Here’s what to try and how to make it.," 9 Aug. 2019 To remove the bone, place a thigh skin/skinned side down on a cutting board. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "Need a golden brown chicken schnitzel that’s crispy without being greasy? This is it.," 14 Aug. 2019 African Americans who are fair skinned and freckled. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Co-worker ponders being terrible about race," 24 July 2019 Many leaders are thin-skinned, but few are so publicly, transparently, unreservedly so. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "“Congratulations Again, Mr. President”: Trump and the Co-opting of the G.O.P.," 12 July 2019 Toss large pieces of skinned, seeded, just-ripe melon in 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar, and roast for 20-25 minutes until the melon pieces begin to caramelize at their edges. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: How to select (and utilize) melon," 2 July 2019 Light skinned with reddish hair, Mr. Franklin was a raconteur who relished being the center of attention. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "The Gay Jewish Matador From Brooklyn," 25 June 2019 On the first day in the Elk Mountains outside of Aspen, my group skinned up and skied down powder fields surrounding a 13,000-foot ridge near Snowmass. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, "On the Slopes in the North Face Futurelight Shell," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Appeared in the Feb. 21, 2017, print edition as 'Sometimes, a CEO’s Qualifications May Be Skin Deep.' Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Want to Be a CEO? It Helps to Look the Part," 17 Feb. 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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The first known use of skin was before the 12th century

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skin

noun

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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