Idioms for skin

Origin of skin

1150–1200; Middle English (noun) < Old Norse skinn; cognate with dialectal German Schinde skin of fruit


2 fur. Skin, hide, pelt are names for the outer covering of animals, including humans. Skin is the general word: an abrasion of the skin; the skin of a muskrat. Hide applies to the skin of large animals, as cattle, horses, or elephants: a buffalo hide. Pelt applies to the untanned skin of smaller animals: a mink pelt.
4 hull, shell, husk, crust.


skin·like, adjective un·der·skin, noun un·skinned, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for skin

/ (skɪn) /


verb skins, skinning or skinned


relating to or for the skin skin cream
slang, mainly US involving or depicting nudity skin magazines
See also skin up

Derived forms of skin

skinless, adjective skinlike, adjective

Word Origin for skin

Old English scinn, from Old Norse skinn

Medical definitions for skin

[ skĭn ]


The membranous tissue forming an external protective covering or integument of an animal and consisting of the epidermis and dermis.


To bruise, cut, or injure the skin of.

Other words from skin

skinless adj.

Scientific definitions for skin

[ skĭn ]

The outer covering of a vertebrate animal, consisting of two layers of cells, a thick inner layer (the dermis) and a thin outer layer (the epidermis). Structures such as hair, scales, or feathers are contained in the skin, as are fat cells, sweat glands, and sensory receptors. Skin provides a protective barrier against disease-causing microorganisms and against the sun's ultraviolet rays. In warm-blooded animals, it aids in temperature regulation, as by insulating against the cold.

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