- 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.
- 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
Related formsskin·like, adjectiveun·der·skin, nounun·skinned, adjective
Examples from the Web for skins
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
“We carved out the carcasses and I preserved the skins,” says Kaye.
While the skins continued to produce a distinctly musky note, Longworth decided to press the grapes before fermentation.
Still, the five wins Griffin has already engineered are as many as the Skins had all of last season.Robert Griffin III Takes Professional Football by Storm|Allen Barra|December 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Of fur of costly otter / his mantle was complete, With other skins embroidered / from head unto the feet.The Nibelungenlied|Unknown
Then they had left off the skins of beasts, had put on cloth, tilled the soil, planted the vine.Madame Bovary|Gustave Flaubert
On the few occasions when we experienced any cold worth talking about, we were always in skins.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2|Roald Amundsen
Take two marinated herrings, remove the skins and bones, and cut in long strips.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book|Victor Hirtzler
The skins are used both as clothes and as coverings for beds.
British Dictionary definitions for skins
- 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 Formsskinless, adjectiveskinlike, adjective
Word Origin for skin
Medicine definitions for skins
Related formsskin′less adj.
Science definitions for skins
Culture definitions for skins
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 skins
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