- 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
Example sentences from the Web for skin
As a man who helped people become fugitives to save their skins, his focus on immigration is rooted in a personal life experience.
“It is not about Crimea, the West wants our skins hanging on the wall,” he said.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug|Anna Nemtsova|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Their captors wore palm leaves, leopard skins, and magical relics to make themselves immune to bullets.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These goods were probably exchanged with Gedi inhabitants for animal skins and ivory.Kenya Has Its Own Machu Picchu—the Lost Town of Gedi|Nina Strochlic|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the same time, a new range of flavors was introduced in the home market, like loaded potato skins.
We had new potatoes for dinner, boiled with their skins on, and Liszt threw one at me, and I caught it.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
The body was resting upon a plank supported by four stakes and covered with skins.
They also took advantage of the necessity of others, in miserly traffic in Beaver skins with the Savages.
The indigent Jakut exchanges his most valuable furs and skins for a few ounces of the "Circassian weed."
This is better than frightening them out of their skins by jumping out from behind a door and saying "Boo."
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