Definition of skin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skɪn//
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    on body
  1. 1   [uncountable, countable] the layer of tissue that covers the body to have dark/fair/olive, etc. skin The snake sheds its skin once a year. cosmetics for sensitive skins skin cancer CollocationsPhysical appearance A person may be described as having:Eyes (bright) blue/​green/(dark/​light) brown/​hazel eyes deep-set/​sunken/​bulging/​protruding eyes small/​beady/​sparkling/​twinkling/(informal) shifty eyes piercing/​penetrating/​steely eyes bloodshot/​watery/​puffy eyes bushy/​thick/​dark/​raised/​arched eyebrows long/​dark/​thick/​curly/​false eyelashes/​lashesFace a flat/​bulbous/​pointed/​sharp/​snub nose a straight/​a hooked/​a Roman/(formal) an aquiline nose full/​thick/​thin/​pouty lips dry/​chapped/​cracked lips flushed/​rosy/​red/​ruddy/​pale cheeks soft/​chubby/​sunken cheeks white/​perfect/​crooked/​protruding teeth a large/​high/​broad/​wide/​sloping forehead a strong/​weak/​pointed/​double chin a long/​full/​bushy/​wispy/​goatee beard a long/​thin/​bushy/​droopy/​handlebar/​pencil moustache/ (especially US English) mustacheHair and skin pale/​fair/​olive/​dark/​tanned skin dry/​oily/​smooth/​rough/​leathery/​wrinkled skin a dark/​pale/​light/​sallow/​ruddy/​olive/​swarthy/​clear complexion deep/​fine/​little/​facial wrinkles blonde/​blond/​fair/(light/​dark) brown/(jet-)black/​auburn/​red/(British English) ginger/​grey hair straight/​curly/​wavy/​frizzy/​spiky hair thick/​thin/​fine/​bushy/​thinning hair dyed/​bleached/​soft/​silky/​dry/​greasy/​shiny hair long/​short/​shoulder-length/​cropped hair a bald/​balding/​shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/​spot a side/​centre/(US English) center (British English) parting/ (North American English) partBody a long/​short/​thick/​slender/(disapproving) scrawny neck broad/​narrow/​sloping/​rounded/​hunched shoulders a bare/​broad/​muscular/​small/​large chest a flat/​swollen/​bulging stomach a small/​tiny/​narrow/​slim/​slender/28-inch waist big/​wide/​narrow/​slim hips a straight/​bent/​arched/​broad/​hairy back thin/​slender/​muscular arms big/​large/​small/​manicured/​calloused/​gloved hands long/​short/​fat/​slender/​delicate/​bony fingers long/​muscular/​hairy/​shapely/(both informal, often disapproving) skinny/​spindly legs muscular/​chubby/(informal, disapproving) flabby thighs big/​little/​small/​dainty/​wide/​narrow/​bare feet a good/​a slim/​a slender/​an hourglass figure be of slim/​medium/​average/​large/​athletic/​stocky build see also foreskin, redskin See related entries: Skin
  2. -skinned
  3. 2(in adjectives) having the type of skin mentioned dark-skinned fair-skinned see also thick-skinned, thin-skinned More Like This Compound adjectives for physical characteristics -beaked, -bellied, -billed, -blooded, -bodied, -cheeked, -chested, -eared, -eyed, -faced, -fingered, -footed, -haired, -handed, -headed, -hearted, -hipped, -lidded, -limbed, -mouthed, -necked, -nosed, -skinned, -tailed, -throated, -toothedSee worksheet.
  4. of dead animal
  5. 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
  6. of fruit/vegetables
  7. 4  [countable, uncountable] the outer layer of some fruits and vegetables Remove the skins by soaking the tomatoes in hot water. see also banana skin compare peel, rind, zest
  8. of sausage
  9. 5[countable, uncountable] the thin outer layer of a sausage Prick the skins before grilling.
  10. on liquids
  11. 6[countable, uncountable] the thin layer that forms on the surface of some liquids, especially when they become cold after being heated A skin had formed on the top of the milk.
  12. outside layer
  13. 7[countable] a layer that covers the outside of something the outer skin of the earth the metal skin of the aircraft
  14. 8[countable] a special cover for any small electronic device that you can carry with you so that you can listen to music You can create your own custom skin for your iPod. The skin has a clear protective layer.
  15. in a computer program
  16. 9 [countable] (computing) the interface of a computer program (= the way a computer program presents information on screen), that the user can change to suit their particular preferences
  17. Word Originlate Old English scinn, from Old Norse skinn; related to Dutch schinden ‘flay, peel’ and German schinden.Extra examples A network of veins showed through his skin. Avoid skin contact with the glue. Beneath his skin, the muscles were tight with tension. Body skin is thicker than facial skin. Clean and exfoliate your skin before applying make-up. Exfoliate to remove dead skin. He discovered a lump under his skin so he went to the doctor. Her skin was glistening with sweat after her run. I examined the puffy skin under my eyes. I picked up the kitten by the loose skin on its neck. Jenny is small and slender with porcelain skin. Just thinking about spiders makes my skin crawl. Keep your skin radiant using creams and lotions. Smoking undoubtedly ages the skin. The dog lost more and more weight, and was soon little more than skin and bone. The dog was little more than skin and bone/​bones. The drugs reduce the inflammation in the skin. The needle pierced my skin. The sheets felt nice next to his bare skin. The sheets felt rough against her skin. There was a patch of raw skin on my back where the sun had burned it. They claim that this cream makes the skin age more slowly. This cream moisturizes dry skin. This snake sheds its skin eight times a year. Wear clothing that protects all exposed skin. You want clear, healthy skin. blisters on the skin make-up and skin-care products the armoured skin of the rhinoceros She skimmed the skin off the cocoa. The outer skin of the earth consists of plates of dense rock. The outer skin of the hull is metal. There was a big bowl of milk with a skin of cream on the top.Idioms
    by the skin of your teeth
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    (informal) if you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just manage to do it He escaped defeat by the skin of his teeth.
    get under somebody’s skin
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    (informal) to annoy somebody Don't let him get under your skin.
    have got somebody under your skin
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    (informal) to be extremely attracted to somebody
    it’s no skin off my, your, his, etc. nose
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    (informal) used to say that somebody is not upset or annoyed about something because it does not affect them in a bad way
    (informal) to move violently because of a sudden shock to make you feel afraid or full of disgust Just the sight of him makes my skin crawl. See related entries: Disgust
    save your (own) skin/hide/neck
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    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 friend.
    (nothing but/all/only) skin and bone
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    (informal) extremely thin in a way that is not attractive or healthy
    the ability to accept criticism, insults, etc. without becoming upset opposite a thin skin see also thick-skinned the lack of ability to accept criticism, insults, etc. without becoming upset synonym sensitive You shouldn’t be in politics if you have such a thin skin. opposite a thick skin see also thin-skinned
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: skin