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

The medications typically were creams for pain and skin conditions such as scarring, which are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Doctor sentenced to 3 months in compounded medicine case that defrauded Connecticut taxpayers for $877,882," 12 June 2019 The money comes not only from items and skins bought by players in PUBG Mobile (which was adapted from the South Korean PC original by Chinese tech giant Tencent), but also from money spent in the game’s China-only rebrand, Game For Peace. James Vincent, The Verge, "PUBG Mobile is now reportedly the world’s highest-grossing mobile game," 11 June 2019 Natural makeup with rosy cheeks and glowing skin was the finishing touch to her laidback look. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wore a Missoni Ball Gown and Looked So Chic," 10 June 2019 The disease can cause basic symptoms such as fever, headache, diarrhea, body aches, skin rash or swollen lymph nodes. Suzanne Baker, Aurora Beacon-News, "Experts: Time for mosquito overload," 10 June 2019 The liner is a great neutral shade that can be paired with just about any nude color — especially with brown skin. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "We Tried Kylie & Khloe's New Makeup Collection — & Here's What We Think," 15 June 2019 Pumpkin is packed with beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A — an important antioxidant for visual acuity and skin integrity — as well as vitamins C and E, also important antioxidants for repairing your body’s cells from damage. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Pumpkin Health Benefits Every Fall Lover Needs to Know About," 14 June 2019 The Spice of Life Food, music, fashion, and henna skin art bring North Africa to Revere for the third Moroccan Cultural Day. BostonGlobe.com, "Five things to do in and around Boston June 17-23," 14 June 2019 People’s suffering should not be commodified on the grounds of their skin pigmentation. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Why I’m No Longer Talking to Anyone about Anything," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are many ways to skin a capitalist system without renaming it socialism. WSJ, "Schumer, Sanders, Socialism and Buybacks," 12 Feb. 2019 The veld looked like the giant desiccated hide of some ancient creature, skinned and scarred and skeletal. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Lower-caste Hindus who carry out undesirable tasks such as skinning dead cattle have also faced mob violence. Fox News, "Indian mob lynches woman on rumors of child kidnapping," 23 July 2018 Lower-caste Hindus who carry out undesirable tasks such as skinning dead cattle have also faced mob violence. Aijaz Hussain, The Seattle Times, "Indian mob lynches woman on rumors of child kidnapping," 23 July 2018 Aisle after aisle of crabs stacked atop each other like totem poles, tables with fish sprawled across every inch, cutting boards where women with machetes skin poisonous blowfish and slice out the meat. Mitch Goldich, SI.com, "Squid Ink Ice Cream! Jeju Black Pig! One Gluttonous Day Exploring Local Cuisine Outside PyeongChang," 15 Feb. 2018 After touring with the national company of Wicked for a year, Vosk recently made her debut as the green-skinned, maligned-but-misunderstood Elphaba in the Broadway production. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "On Her Debut Album, Wicked Star Jessica Vosk is "Wild and Free"," 1 Aug. 2018 When are San Antonians going to stop being so thin-skinned? Jim Lefko, San Antonio Express-News, "Sports writers discuss: Did the Saints jump the gun on UTSA's Davenport?," 11 May 2018 First, skilled craftsmen custom-fabricated complex, movable aluminum armatures, which were then skinned with molded materials, typically foam, to assume their final appearance. Popular Mechanics, "The Original Stop-Motion Imperial Walkers Were a Triumph of Craftsmanship," 13 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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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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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