- 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
SYNONYMS FOR skin
OTHER WORDS FROM skinskin·like, adjectiveun·der·skin, nounun·skinned, adjective
Words nearby skin
Example sentences from the Web for skinning
I also like a bird's beak knife, for fiddly decorative things like making radish flowers and skinning apples in one long peel.
Perhaps because skinning a squirrel is just not as sexy as twirling in a Rodarte-made tutu.Overacting Anonymous: The Christian Bale and Natalie Portman Edition|Tricia Romano|February 20, 2011|DAILY BEAST
If you had had the skinning of that pig, Master Cap, it would have left you sore hands.The Pathfinder|James Fenimore Cooper
The skinning of a frozen steer is a diverting and unusual proceeding.A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories|Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
Kotick did not care to hear any more about skinning just then; he had seen enough of it.The Jungle Book|Rudyard Kipling
A contrivance which I have found useful in skinning is made of a piece of stiff wire 18 inches long.Steel Traps|A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Drawing her hunting knife, she assisted him quite skilfully in skinning the great beast and preparing the meat for packing.Johnny Longbow|Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for skinning
- 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 skinning
Other words from skinskin′less adj.
Scientific definitions for skinning
Cultural definitions for skinning
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 skinning
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