Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old Norse
Origin: skinn


1 noun
skin1 S2 W2


[uncountable and countable]HB the natural outer layer of a person's or animal's bodyCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
fair/pale skin dark/olive skin dark-skinned/fair-skinned dry/oily/sensitive skin smooth/soft skin leathery skin (=thick and hard skin) scaly skin (=rough dry skin on animals such as LIZARDs) good/bad skin (=healthy or unhealthy skin on your face) skin colour/tone rub/irritate your skin flap/fold/layer of skin
She had thick black hair and smooth dark skin.
If you are fair-skinned, you should try to stay out of the sun.
My skin is quite sensitive.
an ugly man with bad skin and brown teeth
chemicals that irritate the skin
The eggs are hatched under a fold of skin on the penguin's belly.
a skin disease

from an animal

[uncountable and countable]HBATI the skin of an animal, sometimes including its fur, used to make leather, clothes etc:
a leopard skin


[uncountable and countable]
a) HBP the natural outer cover of some fruits and vegetables [= peel]:
banana skins
b) DF the outer cover of a sausage

on a liquid

[uncountable and countable] a thin solid layer that forms on the top of a liquid, especially when it gets cold:
Cover the soup to stop a skin from forming.

part of an object

[countable] a layer that is part of a vehicle, building, object etc, especially on the outside:
The outer skin of the aircraft was not punctured.
The lampshade has a double skin so that it remains cool.


[uncountable and countable] the way particular information appears on a computer screen, especially when this can be changed quickly and easily

have (a) thin/thick skin

to be easily upset or not easily upset by criticism:
This is not a job for someone with thin skin.

get under somebody's skin

informal if someone gets under your skin, they annoy you, especially by the way they behave:
What really gets under my skin is people who push straight to the front of the line.

by the skin of your teeth

informal if you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just succeed in doing it, and very nearly failed to do it:
Two others made it by the skin of their teeth.

make somebody's skin crawl

informal to make someone feel very uncomfortable combined with a strong feeling of dislike:
Her singing makes my skin crawl.

be skin and bone

British English be skin and bones American English informal to be extremely thin in a way that is unattractive and unhealthy

it's no skin off somebody's nose

spoken used to say that someone does not care what another person thinks or does, because it does not affect them:
If she doesn't want me to help, it's no skin off my nose!

something is only skin deep

used to say that something may seem to be important or effective, but it really is not because it only affects the way things appear:
Beauty is only skin deep.


[plural] British English informal papers for rolling a cigarette, especially one with marijuana in it

➔ save somebody's skin

at save1 (11)

; ➔ jump out of your skin

at jump1 (4)

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