Definition of skin noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary




on body

1 [uncountable, countable] the layer of tissue that covers the bodyto have dark/fair/olive, etc. skinThe snake sheds its skin once a year.cosmetics for sensitive skinsskin cancer see also foreskin


2 (in adjectives) having the type of skin mentioneddark-skinnedfair-skinned see also thick-skinned, thin-skinned

of dead animal

3 [countable, uncountable] (often in compounds) the skin of a dead animal with or without its fur, used for making leather, etc.The skins are removed and laid out to dry.a tiger skin rug

of fruit/vegetables

4 [countable, uncountable] the outer layer of some fruit and vegetablesRemove the skins by soaking the tomatoes in hot water. compare peel, rind, zest

of sausage

5 [countable, uncountable] the thin outer layer of a sausagePrick the skins before grilling.

on liquids

6 [countable, uncountable] the thin layer that forms on the surface of some liquidsA skin had formed on the top of the milk.

outside layer

7 [countable] a layer that covers the outside of somethingthe outer skin of the earththe metal skin of the aircraft8 [countable] a special cover for any small electronic device that you can carry with you so that you can listen to musicYou can create your own custom skin for your iPod.The skin has a clear protective layer.

in computer program

9 [countable] (computing) the interface of a computer program (= the way a computer program presents information on a screen), that the user can change to suit their particular preferences

by the skin of your teeth

(informal) if you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just manage to do itHe escaped defeat by the skin of his the skin of your teeth

get under someone's skin

(informal) to annoy someoneDon't let him get under your skin.get under skin

have someone under your skin

(informal) to be extremely attracted to someonehave under your skin

it's no skin off my, your, his, etc. nose/back

(informal) used to say that someone is not upset or annoyed about something because it does not affect them in a bad wayit's no skin off my, your, his, etc. noseit's no skin off my, your, his, etc. back

jump out of your skin

(informal) to move violently because of a sudden shockjump out of your skin

make your skin crawl

to make you feel afraid or full of disgust
Just the sight of him makes my skin crawl.make your skin crawl

save your (own) skin/hide/neck

to try to avoid death, punishment, etc., especially by leaving others in an extremely difficult situation
To save his own skin, he lied and blamed the accident on his your skin/necksave your own skin/necksave your hide/necksave your own hide/neck

(nothing but/all/only) skin and bone

(informal) extremely thin in a way that is not attractive or healthyskin and bonenothing but/only skin and boneskin and bonenothing all/only skin and bone

a thick skin

the ability to accept criticism, insults, etc. without becoming upset
antonym a thin skin, see also thick-skinneda thick skin

a thin skin

the lack of ability to accept criticism, insults, etc. without becoming upset
You shouldn't be in politics if you have such a thin skin. antonym a thick skin, see also thin-skinneda thin skin
Usage noteUsage note: Physical AppearanceA person may be described as having:eyes(bright) blue/green/(dark/light) brown/hazel eyesdeep-set/sunken/bulging/protruding eyessmall/beady/sparkling/twinkling/shifty eyespiercing/penetrating/steely eyesbloodshot/watery/puffy eyesbushy/thick/dark/raised/arched eyebrowslong/dark/thick/curly/false eyelashes/lashesfacea flat/bulbous/pointed/sharp/snub nosea straight/a pointy/a Roman/an aquiline nosefull/thick/thin/pouty lipsdry/chapped/cracked lipsflushed/rosy/red/ruddy/pale cheekssoft/chubby/sunken cheekswhite/perfect/crooked/protruding teetha large/high/broad/wide foreheada strong/weak/pointed/double china long/full/bushy/wispy bearda full/thin goateea long/thin/bushy/droopy/handlebar/pencil mustachehair and skinpale/fair/olive/dark/tanned skindry/oily/smooth/rough/leathery/wrinkled skina dark/pale/light/sallow/ruddy/olive/swarthy/clear complexiondeep/fine/small/facial wrinklesblonde/blond/fair/(light/dark) brown/(jet-)black/auburn/red/ginger/gray hairstraight/curly/wavy/frizzy/spiky hairthick/thin/fine/bushy/thinning hairdyed/bleached/soft/silky/dry/greasy/shiny hairlong/short/shoulder-length/cropped haira bald/balding/shaved heada receding hairlinea bald patch/spota side/center partbodya long/short/thick/slender/(disapproving) scrawny neckbroad/narrow/sloping/rounded/hunched shouldersa bare/broad/muscular/small/large chesta flat/round/swollen/bulging stomacha small/tiny/narrow/slim/slender/28-inch waistbig/wide/narrow/slim hipsa straight/bent/arched/broad/hairy backthin/slender/muscular armsbig/large/small/manicured/calloused/gloved handslong/short/fat/slender/delicate/bony fingerslong/muscular/hairy/shapely/(both informal, often disapproving) skinny/spindly legsmuscular/chubby/(informal, disapproving) flabby thighs/calvesbig/little/small/dainty/wide/narrow/bare feeta good/slim/slender/hourglass figurebe of slim/medium/average/large/athletic/stocky build