Pronunciation Noun


  1. (uncountable) The outer protective layer of the body of any animal, including of a human.
    He is so disgusting he makes my skin crawl.
  2. (uncountable) The outer protective layer of the fruit of a plant.
  3. (countable) The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
  4. (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.
  5. (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.
  6. (countable, video games) An alternate appearance (texture map or geometry) for a character model in a video game.
  7. (countable, slang) Rolling paper for cigarettes.
    Pass me a skin, mate.
  8. (countable, slang) Clipping of skinhead#English|skinhead.
  9. (Australia) A subgroup of Australian aboriginal people; such divisions are cultural and not related to an individual′s physical skin.
  10. (slang) Bare flesh, particularly bare breasts.
    Let me see a bit of skin.
  11. A vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids.
    • 1843, Richard Henry Horne, Orion
      the Bacchic train,
      Who brought their skins of wine, and loaded poles
      That bent with mighty clusters of black grapes
  12. (nautical) That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole.
  13. (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.
  14. A drink of whisky served hot.
  15. (slang, Irish, British) person, chap
    He was a decent old skin.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: peau
  • Russian: кожура́
  • French: peau
  • Portuguese: pele
  • Russian: шку́ра
  • Spanish: piel
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: papel de arroz
  • Portuguese: skinhead
  • Russian: скин
  • Russian: скин

skin (skins, present participle skinning; past and past participle skinned)

  1. (transitive) To injure the skin of.
    He fell off his bike and skinned his knee on the concrete.
  2. (transitive) To remove the skin and/or fur of an animal or a human.
  3. (colloquial) To high five.
  4. (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?
  5. (UK, soccer, transitive) To use tricks to go past a defender.
  6. (intransitive) To become covered with skin.
    A wound eventually skins over.
  7. (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.
  8. (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.
  9. (slang, dated) To strip of money or property; to cheat.
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