- a person or thing that skins.
- a person who prepares or deals in skins or hides.
- a person who drives draft animals, as mules or oxen.
- the operator of a piece of heavy equipment used in clearing land or in construction work, as a tractor or bulldozer.
- any of a band of irregular cavalry operating in the neutral ground of Westchester County, New York, during the American Revolution and claiming loyalty to both the British and American troops but preying on all persons indiscriminately.Compare cowboy(def 5).
Origin of skinner
- B(ur·rhus) F(rederic) [bur-uh s] /ˈbɜr əs/, 1904–90, U.S. psychologist and writer.
- Cornelia Otis,1901–79, U.S. actress and author.
- her fatherOtis,1858–1942, U.S. actor.
Examples from the Web for skinner
Unsurprisingly, Skinner was convicted despite the weapon not being found and conflicting testimony identifying him as the shooter.Warning: These Rap Lyrics Could Put You in Jail
March 6, 2014
He was soon apprehended and taken into custody—despite initially giving his name as Skinner.The Mafioso Next Door
August 9, 2013
“I think it is a legitimate question,” Skinner tells The Daily Beast.Secret Service Targeted by Independent Watchdog
April 30, 2012
Like Baker and Skinner, Daley served in the Cabinet (as Commerce secretary under Bill Clinton).Bill Daley's Real Agenda: Obama's Reelection
January 7, 2011
But nonetheless, FIFA has recently cut its funding for anti-trafficking programs, Skinner said.Sex Trafficking at the World Cup
May 30, 2010
One of the Skinner girls recited a piece that sooted me fust rate.Uncles Josh's Punkin Centre Stories
And he was tryin' to get Helen all the time for himself, the skinner!The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The troubles of Daddy Skinner had taken up every moment of her time.
I'll tell you what, Bates, there'll be a city war over Skinner.
He could not speak out more emphatically than he had against Skinner.
- a person who prepares or deals in animal skins
- B (urrhus) F (rederic). 1904–90, US behavioural psychologist. His "laws of learning", derived from experiments with animals, have been widely applied to education and behaviour therapy
Word Origin and History for skinner
late 14c., "a dealer in skins," from skin (n.); as "one who skins," 1690s, agent noun from skin (v.). The surname is attested from mid-13c. Also in U.S. use "one who strips, robs, or plunders;" the name given to a band of marauders who committed depredations on Loyalists in New York during the Revolution. Cf. Old Norse skinnari "a dealer in skins; a skinner, tanner."
Skinner(skĭn′ər)B(urrhus) F(rederick) 1904-1990
- American psychologist. A leading behaviorist, Skinner influenced the fields of psychology and education with his theories of stimulus-response behavior.