Words nearby skeleton
Idioms for skeleton
- a family scandal that is concealed to avoid public disgrace.
- any embarrassing, shameful, or damaging secret.
Origin of skeleton
OTHER WORDS FROM skeletonskel·e·ton·less, adjectiveskel·e·ton·like, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for skeleton in the closet
Derived forms of skeletonskeletal, adjectiveskeletally, adverbskeleton-like, adjective
Word Origin for skeleton
Medicine definitions for skeleton in the closet
Science definitions for skeleton in the closet
Other words from skeletonskeletal adjective
Culture definitions for skeleton in the closet
A potentially embarrassing secret: “Before nominating the new judge, the committee asked him if he had any skeletons in the closet.”
Idioms and Phrases with skeleton in the closet
A shameful secret, as in Both her parents were alcoholics; that was the skeleton in her closet. This metaphoric term alludes to a murder victim long concealed in a closet, possibly based on some true incident that is now forgotten. [Early 1800s]