Synonyms of skin in English:


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See UK English definition of skin

See Spanish definition of piel


1‘these chemicals could damage the skin’

epidermis, dermis
technical cuticle, cutis, corium, derma, derm, integument, tegument

2‘Mary's fair skin’

complexion, colouring, skin colour, skin tone, pigmentation

3‘until recent years, leopard skins fetched high prices’

hide, pelt, fleece
Australian greenhide
technical crop, kip
archaic fell

4‘a banana skin’

peel, rind, outside
technical integument

5‘the coffee was cold, with a skin on it’

film, coating, coat, layer, overlay
technical pellicle

6‘the plane's skin was ripped apart by the force of the explosion’

casing, cover, covering, exterior, pod


1‘scald and skin the tomatoes’

peel, pare, hull
technical decorticate

2‘he slipped and skinned his knee’

graze, scrape, abrade, bark, cut, rub something raw, chafe
technical excoriate

3‘Dad would skin me alive if I forgot it’

punish severely, tan someone's hide, whip someone's hide
informal murder, scalp, thump, give it to someone, come down on someone, come down on someone like a ton of bricks, have someone's guts for garters
British informal give someone what for


    it's no skin off my nose

    ‘it's no skin off my nose—I never wanted to go to Germany in the first place’

    I don't care, I don't mind, I'm not bothered, it doesn't bother me, it doesn't matter to me, it's of no concern to me, it's of no importance to me
    informal I don't care a damn, I don't care a hoot, I don't care a rap, I don't care a toss, I don't give a damn, I don't give a hoot, I don't give a rap, I don't give a toss, I don't give a monkey's
    vulgar slang I don't give a shit
    by the skin of one's teeth

    ‘he won, but only by the skin of his teeth’

    only just, just, narrowly, by a hair's breadth, by a very small margin, by the narrowest of margins, barely, by a nose
    informal by a whisker
    get under someone's skin

    1‘it was the sheer effrontery of them which got under my skin’

    irritate, annoy, gall, irk, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, pique, rankle with, nettle, needle, bother, vex, provoke, displease, upset, offend, affront, anger, exasperate, disgruntle, ruffle, get on someone's nerves, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles, rub up the wrong way
    informal peeve, aggravate, miff, get, get in someone's hair, hack off, get someone's goat
    British informal nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across, get up someone's nose
    North American informal tick off, rankle, ride, gravel
    vulgar slang piss off
    British vulgar slang get on someone's tits
    rare exacerbate, hump, rasp

    2‘she's got under my skin—I can't stop thinking about her’

    obsess, intrigue, captivate, interest greatly, charm
    enthral, enchant, fill someone's mind, mesmerize, hypnotize, entrance