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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun skin:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb skin:


The word skin is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun skin

What does skin mean as a name of something?

Skin is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: skins

  1. a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch
    • example: your skin is the largest organ of your body
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonyms of skin: cutis / tegument
    • more generic terms: body covering = any covering for the body or a body part; connective tissue = tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells
    • more specific terms:
      • investment = outer layer or covering of an organ or part or organism
      • thick skin = skin that is very thick
      • skin graft = a piece of skin taken from a donor area and surgically grafted at the site of an injury or burn
      • buff = bare skin
      • dewlap = a hanging fold of loose skin on an elderly person's neck
      • foreskin / prepuce = a fold of skin covering the tip of the penis
      • foreskin / prepuce = a fold of skin covering the tip of the clitoris
      • scalp = the skin that covers the top of the head
      • cuticle = the dead skin at the base of a fingernail or toenail
      • hangnail / agnail = a loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernail
    • part of: integumentary system = the skin and its appendages
    • parts:
      • pressure point = an area on the skin that is highly sensitive to pressure
      • epidermis / cuticle = the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates
      • skin cell = any of the cells making up the skin
      • corium / dermis / derma = the deep vascular inner layer of the skin
      • macula / macule = a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated
      • freckle / lentigo = a small brownish spot (of the pigment melanin) on the skin
      • liver spot = a type of skin disease that causes brown spots on the skin
      • whitehead / milium = a small whitish lump in the skin due to a clogged sebaceous gland
      • blackhead / comedo = a black-tipped plug clogging a pore of the skin
      • pore = any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
      • scab = the crustlike surface of a healing skin lesion
      • sudoriferous gland / sweat gland = any of the glands in the skin that secrete perspiration
      • free nerve ending = microscopic sensory nerve endings in the skin that are not connected to any specific sensory receptor
      • Pacinian corpuscle = a specialized bulblike nerve ending located in the subcutaneous tissue of the skin
      • crinkle / wrinkle / crease / furrow / line / seam = a slight depression or fold in the smoothness of a surface
    • substance: melanin = insoluble pigments that account for the color of e.g. skin and scales and feathers
  2. an outer surface (usually thin)
    • example: the skin of an airplane
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: surface = the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary
    • part of: aircraft = a vehicle that can fly
  3. body covering of a living animal
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • synonyms of skin: hide / pelt
    • more generic term: body covering = any covering for the body or a body part
  4. a person's skin regarded as their life
    • example: he tried to save his skin
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: aliveness / animation / life / living = the condition of living or the state of being alive
  5. a member of any of several British or American groups consisting predominantly of young people who shave their heads; some engage in white supremacist and anti-immigrant activities and this leads to the perception that all skinheads are racist and violent
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of skin: skinhead
    • more generic words: bully / hooligan / roughneck / rowdy / ruffian / tough / yob / yobbo / yobo = a cruel and brutal fellow
    • member of: bootboys / skinheads = a youth subculture that appeared first in England in the late 1960s as a working-class reaction to the hippies; hair was cropped close to the scalp; wore work-shirts and short jeans (supported by suspenders) and heavy red boots
  6. a person whose head is bald or shaved
  7. the rind of a fruit or vegetable
  8. a bag serving as a container for liquids; it is made from the hide of an animal
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: bag = a flexible container with a single opening
    • more specific terms:
      • water skin / waterskin = a container of skin for holding water
      • wineskin = an animal skin (usually a goatskin) that forms a bag and is used to hold and dispense wine

Alternative definition of the noun skin


  1. [uncountable] The outer protective layer of the body of any animal, including of a human.
  2. [uncountable] The outer protective layer of the fruit of a plant.
  3. [countable] The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
  4. [countable] A congealed layer on the surface of a liquid.
  5. [context: countable, computing] A set of resources that modifies the appearance and/or layout of the graphical user interface of a computer program.
  6. [context: countable, slang] Rolling paper for cigarettes.
  7. [context: countable, slang] Short for skinhead.
  8. [Australia] A subgroup within an Australian aboriginal people, also called a section, subsection, or moiety. These divisions are cultural, not related to a person's physical skin. (Reference: Macquarie Aboriginal Words, Macquarie University, 1994, paperback ISBN 0-949757-79-9, introduction.)
  9. [context: countable, video games] An alternate appearance (texture map or geometry) for a 3D character model in a video game.
  10. [slang] nudity, particular bare breasts.

Definition of the verb skin

What does skin mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: skinned, skinning

  1. climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
  2. bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of
  3. remove the bark of a tree
  4. strip the skin off
    • example: The chefs skin the vegetables
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of skin: pare / peel
    • more generic word: strip = remove the surface from
    • more specific terms:
      • peel off = peel off the outer layer of something
      • flay = strip the skin off


  1. Skin: Deborah Anne Dyer, known by the stage name Skin, is an English singer and occasional model. As Deborah Dyer, Skin studied Interior Design at Teesside University in Middlesbrough and they later honoured her with an honorary degree.
  2. Skin a.k.a. George H. W. Bush: George Herbert Walker Bush is an American retired politician who served as the 41st President of the United States. A Republican, he had previously served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States, a congressman, an ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. He is the oldest living former President and Vice President. He is also the last living former President who is a veteran of World War II. Bush is often referred to as "George H. W. Bush", "Bush 41", "Bush the Elder", Bush I, or "George Bush, Sr." to distinguish him from his son, former President George W. Bush. Prior to his son's fame, he was known simply as George Bush or President Bush.
  3. Skin a.k.a. Liam Tyson: Liam Sean "Skin" Tyson is an English guitarist, best known as the lead guitarist for Cast.

There are other people with in their name, like Skin Mead, Soap&Skin, Alien Skin, Soap & Skin, skin contact and Skin Diamond.


  1. Skin is a music project founded by several Japanese rock musicians in 2007. They are Yoshiki, Gackt, Sugizo and Miyavi, all being important to the visual kei movement or closely related to it, but each being from a different generation. Its debut performance was on June 29, 2007, in Long Beach, California, considered as the "Japanese rock concert of the century". Although they had announced more activities, such as a live tour and releasing a record, all activities were suddenly stopped. The future of the project still remains unclear.
  2. Skin is a UK hard rock band active during the 1990s who reformed in 2009, only to disband again in 2013.
    • genre: Hard rock
    • albums: "Skin", "Perfect Day", "Hasta La Vista, Baby!", "Experience Electric", "Lucky", "Breaking the Silence", "House of Love", "For Your Ears Only", "Take Me Down to the River", "How Lucky You Are", "Lost and Found"
    • official website:
  3. Skin: The World of Skin was a project springing out of the American group Swans, which was a collaboration between the core Swans members Michael Gira and Jarboe. The project was initially called Skin, with the first two albums being released under that name, the last one being released under the name the World of Skin. In the UK, the first two albums were released by Product Inc., an imprint of Mute Records, while the last was released on Gira's own Young God label.
    • also known as World of Skin, The World of Skin
    • members:
    • albums: "Blood, Women, Roses", "Shame, Humility, Revenge", "World of Skin", "Ten Songs for Another World", "Girl: Come Out"

There are other groups with in their name, like New Skin, Blue Skin, Hard Skin, Skin Area, Skin Cell, Skin Deep, Skin Town, Skin Yard, Skin-Deep, Skin Alley, skin deep!, Skin Diary, Skin Games, Totem Skin, Cut My Skin, Kevlar Skin, Losing Skin, Second Skin, Skin Slicer and Skin Chamber.


Skin is a fictional mutant in the Marvel Universe of comics. The character first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #317.


  1. "Skin" is a 48-page graphic novel written by Peter Milligan, created and drawn by Brendan McCarthy and colored by Carol Swain. It tells the story of a young skinhead, Martin Atchitson, who grew up in 1970s London with thalidomide-related birth defects. Milligan has said the story partially addresses "universal themes of major companies shafting people, and corruption in terms of drugs and mass marketing.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  2. "Skin" is a book by Ted Dekker, published on (8 years ago), work of fiction.
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Thriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
    • subjects: Nevada, Espionage, Suspense
  3. "Skin" is a book by Lee Varis.
  4. "Skin" is a book by Ben Mezrich.
    • also known as "The X-Files: Skin"
    • genre: Speculative fiction
    • subject: Skin
    • copyright: 1999


  1. "Skin" is a British-South African 2008 biographical film – based on the book When She Was White: The True Story of a Family Divided by Race by Judith Stone – directed by Anthony Fabian, about Sandra Laing, a South African woman born to white parents, who was classified as "Coloured" during the apartheid era, presumably due to a genetic case of atavism. Skin premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September 2009.
  2. Skin is a television serial drama which aired at 9:00 p.m. Monday on Fox in 2003. It followed the tale of two teenagers who came from feuding families on opposite sides of the moral and legal spectrum. Adam is the son of the Los Angeles District Attorney, and Jewel is the daughter of a pornographer. The show is a modern-day take on the Romeo and Juliet story. Even after an incredible amount of advertising, the show was cancelled after only three episodes due to poor ratings and less than favorable reviews. It was reprieved in 2005, when SOAPnet acquired broadcasting rights to all eight episodes and aired the last five episodes for the first time.
  3. "Skin" is a 2008 drama history film directed by Hanro Smitsman and written by Germen Boelens, Philip Delmaar and Hanro Smitsman.
  4. "Skin" is an 11-minute short film starring Ewen Bremner and Marcia Rose and directed by Vincent O'Connell. Produced by Tapson/Steel Films for British Screen and Channel 4 Films, it was filmed in September 1995. The screenplay was written in the summer of that year by British playwright Sarah Kane.
  5. "Skin" is a 2012 short drama film written by David Pablos, Jordana Spiro and directed by Jordana Spiro.
  6. "Skin" is a film.
    • country: United States of America
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Gay pornography
    • released on (6 years ago)
  7. "Skin" is a 2012 short musical animated film written and directed by Deanna Morse.
    • written by Deanna Morse
    • genres: Musical, Animation
    • released in (4 years ago)
  8. "Skin" is a 2008 short documentary film directed by Rhys Graham.
  9. "Skin" a.k.a. "Skin, skin" is a 1966 drama film written by Robert Alfthan and Marja-Leena Mikkola and directed by Mikko Niskanen.
  10. "SKIN" is a film, directed by Cédric Prévost.
    • released in
  11. "SKIN" is a film, directed by Shi Zhengyi.
    • released in


  1. "Skin" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fifth studio album, Loud. The song was written by Kenneth Coby and Ursula Yancy, with production helmed by Soundz. Musically, "Skin" draws influence from pop, dance-pop and dubstep genres, whilst lyrically, the song is about being in a relationship with someone and only wanting to feel their skin close to the protagonists. "Skin" received generally positive reviews from critics, as part of their overall review of Loud, praising "Skin"'s compositions as well as Rihanna's sensual vocal performance. The song was included on the set list of the Loud Tour, where Rihanna retrieves a man or woman from the audience near the end of the song, and performs a lap-dance whilst on an elevated platform. "Skin" was also used in Rihanna's advertisement campaign for Armani Jeans.
  2. "Skin" is the seventh album by singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge, released in 2001. During the singer's split from Julie Cypher, her companion of 12 years, Melissa Etheridge retreated to her home studio to pen songs about her searing pain and confusion. Skin peels back layers of Etheridge's pain and addresses her personal melodrama, as she takes the listener through the stages of grief and recovery. "Heal Me" features background vocals by Laura Dern and Meg Ryan. Etheridge plays almost all the instruments and penned all the songs.
  3. "Skin" is an album by Peter Hammill, originally released on vinyl on Foundry Records in 1986 and later re-released on CD on Virgin Records. It was also released on CD by DaTE.
    • genre: Art rock
    • released in (29 years ago)
  4. "Skin": Skin is the self-titled debut album by UK hard rock band Skin, released in 1994 on Parlophone Records.
    • genre: Hard rock
    • released in (22 years ago)
  5. "Skin" is a 2000 album by cellist Erik Friedlander which was released on the Siam label and features the quartet that previously appeared on Topaz.
  6. "Skin" is a song by the American post-grunge/alternative metal band Breaking Benjamin. It was released as the second single from the band's 2002 debut album Saturate.
  7. "Skin" is the second album by the hard rock group Westworld.
    • genre: Hard rock
    • released in (16 years ago)
  8. "Skin" is the first single from the band Spock's Beard, released in 1999. The song appears on their album Day for Night. It contains, in addition to the song "Skin", 3 additional tracks: An edited version of "The Healing Colors of Sound", "Can't Get It Wrong", and also the Neal Morse track "Lost Cause", taken from his self-titled debut solo album.
  9. "Skin" was 16 Volt's second album, which was released in 1994 under the Re-Constriction label.
  10. "Skin" is the second album by the Australian band Endorphin, released in 1999.
  11. "Skin" is a 2007 album by Katie Noonan.
  12. "Skin" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  13. "Skin" is a musical album of Panic Room.
    • released on
  14. "Skin" is a composition.
  15. "SKIN" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  16. "Skin" is a musical album of Kepone.
    • released on (20 years ago)


  1. Skin: In computing, a skin is a custom graphical appearance preset package achieved by the use of a graphical user interface that can be applied to specific computer software, operating system, and websites to suit the purpose, topic, or tastes of different users. As such a skin can completely change look and feel and navigation interface of a piece of application software or operating system. A skin may also be associated with themes, which usually only implies part changes and smaller differences, such as colors and similar.
    • also known as 皮肤
  2. Skin: The wings and fuselage of aircraft are covered by what is referred to as the skin. Aircraft have a protective and functional covering that is also called the skin of the flying machines. Soft single skin kite examples the use of the term for kite wings.
  3. Skin is a TV Spot.

Phrases with Skin

Phrases starting with the word Skin:

  1. Skin Up
  2. skin pop
  3. Skin tag
  4. skin care
  5. skin cell
  6. skin over
  7. skin rash
  8. skin test
  9. skin-deep
  10. skin-dive
  11. skin color
  12. skin flick
  13. Skin Flute
  14. skin graft
  15. Skin Movie
  16. skin patch
  17. skin tumor
  18. skin-diver

Phrases ending with the word Skin:

  1. to skin
  2. goose skin

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Printed books with definitions for Skin

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Google previewEquine Dermatology (2010)

by Danny W. Scott, William H. Miller Jr.

The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body and the anatomic and physiologic barrier between animal and environment.

The skin is a reservoir of electrolytes, water, vitamins, fat, carbohydrates, proteins, and other materials. 7.

Google previewScarless Wound Healing (2016)

by A. David Rodrigues

The skin is a highly elaborate structure that serves many functions, from protection through perception, and through complex physiological roles. The skin is the great interface between the self and the outer world. It is far more than just a ...

Google preview68W Advanced Field Craft: Combat Medic Skills (2009)

by United States Army,

The skin is an effective barrier against ordinary environmental intrusions. In time of war,

The skin is the largest organ of the human body, making up 15% of our total body weight (TBW). It provides a...

The skin is a covering for the underlying deeper tissues, protecting them from dehydration and injury. The skin helps to ...

Google previewIntroduction to Organ Transplantation (2012)

by Hakim Nadey, Nadey S. Hakim, David Taube

Davies The skin is the largest single organ in the human body. It is a complex, bilayered structure that covers the body and isolates it from the surrounding environment. It is necessary for the ...

Google previewHow To Do A Water Fast: Coconut Water Fasting, Oil Pulling, Neti Pot and more

The skin is the largest organ of the body and because the detoxification starts from within the last area of the body to cleanse...

Your skin is a clear indicator of your health so it will express externally what your body is going through internally .

Google previewThinking the Limits of the Body (2003)

by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Gail Weiss

The skin is the integument that encloses the visceral interior of the body, yet it is also the membrane within which,

Both tactile membrane and enclosure, the skin is a permeable boundary that permits congress between inside and outside, ...

Google previewEssential Tissue Healing of the Face and Neck (2009)

by David B. Hom

Hebda, PhD OVERVIEW The skin is the most extensively studied organ with respect to the wound healing response, and research in this area has led to many advances in the clinical management of cutaneous wounds. Lessons ...

Google previewBiostatistics (2014)

The Bare Essentials by Charles D. Bluestone, Geoffrey R. Norman, David L. Streiner, Jeffrey P. Simons, Gerald B. Healy

Hebda, PhD OVERVIEW The skin is the most extensively studied organ with respect to the wound healing response, and research in this area has led to many advances in the clinical management of cutaneous wounds. Lessons ...

Google previewClinicopathologic Principles for Veterinary Medicine (2003)

by Wayne F. Robinson, Clive R. R. Huxtable

The well-trained biologist knows better; the skin is a marvellous adaptation of living tissue directly confronting the stresses...

Google previewEmbodied (2009)

Victorian Literature and the Senses by William A. Cohen

The skin is the integument that encloses the visceral interior of the body, yet it is also the membrane within which,

Both tactile membrane and enclosure, the skin is a permeable boundary that permits congress between inside and outside, ...

Google previewBiofunctional Textiles and the Skin (2006)

by Uta-Christina Hipler, Peter Elsner

The skin is an important immune organ with non-specific and specific activities. Antimicrobial textiles...

Interaction of textiles with the specific immune system of skin is a rare event but may lead to allergic contact dermatitis. Electronic textiles ...

Google previewTextbook of Aging Skin (2009)

by Miranda A. Farage, Kenneth W. Miller, Howard I. Maibach

Because the skin is an interface between the body and the environment, it is chronically exposed to several forms of stress...

The skin is the major target of liquid and gaseous pollutants and the pollutant that reacts most specifically with the ...

Google previewThe Meaning of Disgust (2011)

by Colin McGinn

The skin is a virtual treasuretrove of disgust objects—and that is only when observed with the naked eye.

But, setting that closeup view aside, the human skin is the site of innumerable potent loci of disgust, and one small pimple, with its tiny ...

Google previewLocal Flaps in Facial Reconstruction E-Book (2014)

Expert Consult by Shan R. Baker

The skin is a complex organ system that is essential for all forms of mammalian life. It may be viewed as a doublelayered sheath, cushioned by the underlying subcutaneous adipose tissue, that covers the entire surface of the body. The outer ...

Google previewMedical Record (1898)

by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman

Sometimes the skin is an ivory white, is swollen, and with the course of the vessels is plainy marked in reddish-brown lines.

The first effect of heat on the skin is the marked stretching of the horny layer, which when the heat is dry remains ...

Google previewHandbook of Diet, Nutrition and the Skin (2012)

by Victor R. Preedy

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It possesses many functions such as protection of the human body from the invasion of chemical substances, bacteria and viruses by keratinization (barrier function); control of body temperature ...

Google previewMountain Bikers' Guide to Treating Medical Emergencies (2013)

by Patrick Brighton

HYPOTHERMIA Despite the fact that most of us only vaguely recognize that our skin does something more than just separate our guts from the grimy sidewalk, our skin is an amazing organ (yes, the skin is a bona fide organ). For temperature ...

Google previewRe: Skin (2009)

by Mary Flanagan, Austin Booth

Rather, the skin is an organ, divided internally into differentiated and interpenetrating strata.

The skin is a surface that is continuous in its depth and slips from outside to inside in a continuous surface.1 What does this mean for us in terms of ...

Google previewNonhuman Primates in Biomedical Research: Diseases (2012)

by Christian R. Abee, Keith Mansfield, Suzette D. Tardif, Timothy Morris

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It appears to be a homogeneous covering of the body, but regional differences exist in both structure and function. Primary dermatologic disease in the captive nonhuman primate is common, but ...

Google previewZitelli and Davis' Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis (2012)

Expert Consult - Online by Basil J. Zitelli, Sara C McIntire, Andrew J Nowalk

However, the skin is a complex organ, consisting of many parts and appendages (Fig.

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Quotes about Skin

Be you bold brothers
You of the dark black skin
Be you bold brother
You of the blue black skin
Be you bold brother
You of the high yellow skin
Be you bounteous bound to be a black brother
You of the dirty red skin. (David E. Patton)
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Scrabble value of S1K5I1N1

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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