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  1. deprived of skin: a skinless carcass.
  2. (of frankfurters or sausages) having no casing.
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Origin of skinless

First recorded in 1300–50, skinless is from the Middle English word skinles. See skin, -less
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Examples from the Web for skinless

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  • Only one other person knew that I was skinless, and she, alas, was skinless too.

    The Debit Account

    Oliver Onions

  • That is inevitable, for we are the only skinless men and, therefore, irresistible.

    Rastignac the Devil

    Philip Jos Farmer

  • Such a man, skinless and bilious, was ill qualified to join in the rough game of politics.

  • Anything that hinted at love for the moment alarmed her; it was as much an infliction to her as the rubbing of a skinless wound.

    Night and Day

    Virginia Woolf

  • He has recently invented a skinless grape and a watermelon that is all heart, and is quite the cleverest man in the business.

    The So-called Human Race

    Bert Leston Taylor

Word Origin and History for skinless


mid-14c., from skin (n.) + -less. Related: Skinlessly; skinlessness.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper