- the outermost layer of a pearl.
- the outermost layer of a diamond as found: often different in color and refraction from the inner part of the stone.
- the shell or ceiling of a hull.
- the outer, exposed part of a furled sail.
verb (used with object), skinned, skin·ning.
verb (used without object), skinned, skin·ning.
- Slang. showing or featuring nude persons, often in a sexually explicit way: a skin magazine.
- presenting films, stage shows, exhibitions, etc., that feature nude persons, especially in a sexually explicit way: a Times Square skin house.
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Idioms for skin
- to irritate; bother: His laugh really gets under my skin.
- to affect deeply; impress; penetrate: That sort of music always gets under my skin.
- to reprimand; scold.
- to subdue completely, especially in a cruel or ruthless manner: The home team was skinned alive this afternoon.
Origin of skin
synonym study for skin
OTHER WORDS FROM skinskinlike, adjectiveun·der·skin, nounun·skinned, adjective
Words nearby skin
Example sentences from the Web for skin
Start with a warm base layer that’s comfortably snug and close to your skin.How to stay warm while sleeping in the frigid outdoors|Alisha McDarris|February 12, 2021|Popular Science
They are safe on skin, but of course, take precautions when handling hot objects.Best hand warmers: Block the chill during your favorite winter activities|PopSci Commerce Team|February 10, 2021|Popular Science
Even after washing, the substances can remain on clothing and skin for weeks, visible only under UV light.Bee theft is almost a perfect crime—but there’s a new sheriff in town|Andrew Zaleski|February 9, 2021|Popular Science
The real question is what’s under Tom Brady’s skin — apart from the victory champagne in his blood, that is.Tom Brady still has the itch, and it’s taken him places no football player has been|Sally Jenkins|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
It’s not an easy process, so I prefer buying ready-made dumpling skins.Homemade dumplings bring me closer to family this Lunar New Year, even from far away|Marian Liu|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
Creating PGCs from skin tissue, on the other hand, seems like a walk in the park compared to egg freezing.
“I sense that mobile games are starting to shed their skin, getting rid of all the dead things they carry around,” he says.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Everyone showed lots of skin and courtship perfumed the air.
Most people, however, understood the significance of the photo immediately-- especially those who share my skin.
The better she does,” she said, rubbing the skin around the clamps, “the heavier it gets.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many of us had been hit by the balls, but a bruise or a graze of the skin was the worst consequence that had ensued.
A lurid spot on each cheek showed burning red through the bronze of his skin.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
I saw this girl, eight or nine years old, all benumbed and nothing but skin and bone.
Movement to know that she was attired in appropriate costume—short frock, biped continuations and a mannish oil-skin hat.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
And it is quite true that the particular employer can no more break away from these limits than he can jump out of his own skin.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for skin
- the tissue forming the outer covering of the vertebrate body: it consists of two layers (the dermis and epidermis), the outermost of which may be covered with hair, scales, feathers, etc. It is mainly protective and sensory in function
- (as modifier)a skin disease See also dermis, epidermis Related adjectives: cutaneous, dermatoid
verb skins, skinning or skinned
Derived forms of skinskinless, adjectiveskinlike, adjective
Word Origin for skin
Medical definitions for skin
Other words from skinskin′less adj.
Scientific definitions for skin
Cultural definitions for skin
The external tissue that covers the body. As the body's largest organ (it makes up about one twenty-fifth of an adult's weight), the skin serves as a waterproof covering that helps keep out pathogens and protects against temperature extremes and sunlight. The skin also contains special nerve endings that respond to touch, pressure, heat, and cold. The skin has an outer layer, or epidermis, and a layer immediately below, called the dermis.
Idioms and Phrases with skin
In addition to the idioms beginning with skin
- skin alive
- skin and bones
- skin deep
- skin off one's nose
- skin of one's teeth
- beauty is only skin deep
- by the skin of one's teeth
- get under someone's skin
- jump out of one's skin
- make one's flesh creep (skin crawl)
- more than one way to skin a cat
- no skin off one's nose
- save one's bacon (skin)
- soaked to the skin
- thick skin