Definition of “skin” - English Dictionary

“skin” in British English

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skinnoun

uk /skɪn/ us /skɪn/

skin noun (NATURAL COVERING)

B1 [ C or U ] the natural outer layer that covers a person, animal, fruit, etc.:

skin cancer
Babies have soft skins.
a banana/potato skin

B1 [ C or U ] the skin of an animal that has been removed from the body, with or without the hair or fur:

Native Americans used to trade skins .
a rug made from the skin of a lion

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skin noun (OUTER COVERING)

[ C or U ] any outer covering:

The bullet pierced the skin of the aircraft.
drenched/soaked/wet to the skin

extremely wet:

We had no umbrellas so we got soaked to the skin in the pouring rain.
-skin
suffix uk / -skɪn/ us / -skɪn/

-skinned
suffix uk / -skɪnd/ us / -skɪnd/

pale-skinned

skinverb [ T ]

uk /skɪn/ us /skɪn/ -nn-

to remove the skin of something:

The hunters skinned the deer they had killed.
I skinned my knee (= hurt my knee by rubbing skin off it) when I fell down the steps.

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(Definition of “skin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“skin” in American English

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skinnoun

us /skɪn/

skin noun (BODY COVER)

[ C/U ] the natural outer layer that covers a person or animal:

[ U ] He had dark, leathery skin.

skin noun (FRUIT/VEGETABLE COVER)

[ C ] the outer covering of some fruits and vegetables:

potato skins

skin noun (SURFACE)

[ C/U ] a thin, solid surface:

[ C ] Those airplanes have titanium skins to survive the heat.

Idiom(s)

skinverb [ T ]

us /skɪn/ -nn-

skin verb [ T ] (REMOVE BODY COVER)

to remove skin from an animal, or to rub skin off a part of the body:

Bridget fell off her bike and skinned her knee.

(Definition of “skin” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)