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

     

    skin

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɪn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they skin
    BrE BrE//skɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɪn//
     
    he / she / it skins
    BrE BrE//skɪnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɪnz//
     
    past simple skinned
    BrE BrE//skɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɪnd//
     
    past participle skinned
    BrE BrE//skɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɪnd//
     
    -ing form skinning
    BrE BrE//ˈskɪnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɪnɪŋ//
     
     
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    animal/fruit/vegetable
  1. 1skin something to take the skin off an animal, a fruit or a vegetable You'll need four ripe tomatoes, skinned and chopped. We learnt how to trap and skin a rabbit.
  2. part of body
  3. 2skin something to rub the skin off part of your body by accident He skinned his knees climbing down the tree.
  4. 3(computing) skin something to change the way that a computer program presents information on the screen to suit your particular needs The only initial costs the business had were those involved with skinning the website.
  5. Word Origin late Old English scinn, from Old Norse skinn; related to Dutch schinden ‘flay, peel’ and German schinden.Idioms
    keep your eyes peeled/skinned (for somebody/something)
     
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    to look carefully for somebody/something We kept our eyes peeled for any signs of life.
    there’s more than one way to skin a cat
     
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    (saying, humorous) there are many different ways to achieve something
    Phrasal Verbsskin up
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