From Middle English skyn, skinn, from Old English scinn, from Old Norse skinn (“animal hide”), from Proto-Germanic *skinþą (compare Dutch schinde (“bark”), dialectal German Schinde (“fruit peel”)), from Proto-Indo-European *sken- (“to split off”) (compare Breton skant (“scales”), Old Irish ceinn, Irish scainim (“I tear, burst”), Latin scindere (“to split, divide”), Sanskrit छिनत्ति (chinátti, “he splits”)), nasal variant of *skeh₁i-d- (“to cut”). Partially displaced native Old English hȳd (“skin, hide”), see hide. More at shed.
- enPR: skĭn, IPA(key): /skɪn/
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- Rhymes: -ɪn
- (uncountable) The outer protective layer of the body of any animal, including of a human.
- He is so disgusting he makes my skin crawl.
- (uncountable) The outer protective layer of the fruit of a plant.
- (countable) The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
- (countable) A congealed layer on the surface of a liquid.
- In order to get to the rest of the paint in the can, you′ll have to remove the skin floating on top of it.
- (countable, computing, graphical user interface) A set of resources that modifies the appearance and/or layout of the graphical user interface of a computer program.
- You can use this skin to change how the browser looks.
- (countable, video games) An alternate appearance (texture map or geometry) for a character model in a video game.
- (countable, slang) Rolling paper for cigarettes.
- Pass me a skin, mate.
- (countable, slang) Clipping of .
- (Australia) A subgroup of Australian aboriginal people; such divisions are cultural and not related to an individual′s physical skin. 
- (slang) Bare flesh, particularly bare breasts.
- Let me see a bit of skin.
- A vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids.
- (nautical) That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole.
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- (nautical) The covering, as of planking or iron plates, outside the framing, forming the sides and bottom of a vessel; the shell; also, a lining inside the framing.
- A drink of whisky served hot.
- (slang, Ireland, Britain) person, chap
- He was a decent old skin.
- (outer covering of living tissue): dermis, integument, tegument
- (outer protective layer of a plant or animal): peel (of fruit or vegetable), pericarp
- (skin of an animal used by humans): hide, pelt
- (congealed layer on the surface of a liquid): film
- (subgroup of Australian Aboriginals): moiety, section, subsection
- give some skin to
- skin in the game
- by the skin of one's teeth
- comfortable in one's own skin
- get under someone's skin
- it's no skin off my back
- jump in one's skin
- make one's skin crawl
- no skin off my nose
- shirts and skins
- skin and bone
- skin and bones
- skin cancer
- skin care
- skin cell
- skin color
- skin colour
- skin cream
- skin disease
- skin effect
- skin flick
- skin flute
- skin graft
- skin job
- skin movie
- skin type
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- (transitive) To injure the skin of.
- He fell off his bike and skinned his knee on the concrete.
- (transitive) To remove the skin and/or fur of an animal or a human.
- (colloquial) To high five.
- (transitive, computing, colloquial) To apply a skin to (a computer program).
- Can I skin the application to put the picture of my cat on it?
- (Britain, soccer, transitive) To use tricks to go past a defender.
- 2011 January 30, Kevin Darlng, “Arsenal 2 - 1 Huddersfield”, in BBC:
- The Russian, sometimes out of sorts in recent weeks, was seeing plenty of the ball on the left-hand side up against Hunt, a 20-year-old right-back making his first Huddersfield start. Arshavin skinned the youngster at the first opportunity and crossed for Bendtner, who could not direct his close-range effort on target.
- (intransitive) To become covered with skin.
- A wound eventually skins over.
- (transitive) To cover with skin, or as if with skin; hence, to cover superficially.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iv]:
- It will but skin and film the ulcerous place.
- (US, slang, archaic) To produce, in recitation, examination, etc., the work of another for one's own, or to use cribs, memoranda, etc., which are prohibited.
- (slang, dated) To strip of money or property; to cheat.
- (injure the skin of): bark, chafe, excoriate, graze, scrape
- (remove the skin of): flay, fleece, flense, scalp
- “skin” in Cimbrian, Ladin, Mòcheno: Getting to know 3 peoples. 2015. Servizio minoranze linguistiche locali della Provincia autonoma di Trento, Trento, Italy.
skin n (singular definite skinnet, not used in plural form)
- imperative of
From skína (“to shine”).
skin n (genitive singular skins, nominative plural skin)
- Alternative form of
skin f (plural skins)
- (computing) skin (image used as the background of a graphical user interface)
- (countable, video games) skin (alternate appearance (texture map or geometry) for a 3D character model in a video game)
- imperative of skina.
- (anatomy) skin
- 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Port Moresby: Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, 2:21:
- Orait God, Bikpela i mekim man i slip i dai tru. Na taim man i slip yet, God i kisim wanpela bun long banis bilong man na i pasim gen skin bilong dispela hap.
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- skin pas (envelope)
skin (nominative plural skins)
- mäned härminaskinik