skeuomorphic

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Etymology[edit]

From skeuomorph +‎ -ic.

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Adjective[edit]

skeuomorphic (comparative more skeuomorphic, superlative most skeuomorphic)

  1. Pertaining to skeuomorphs, obsolete design elements which are retained for familiarity or out of tradition, even though they no longer serve any functional purpose.
    • 2015, Will Self, ‘Diary’, London Review of Books, vol. 37 no.5:
      As for the computer screen that is nowadays ever before us, I can recall perfectly the primitive holotype with its horse-trough depth and greenish luminescence; surely its lineal descendants’ capacity to display almost infinite imagery has resulted in this unintended consequence: a leeching of aesthetic interest or engagement; the duff skeuomorphic icons denoting folders and programs have encroached, rendering all local space planar.