Words related to skin


Proto-Indo-European root meaning "to cut." It forms all or part of: bisect; dissect; hacksaw; insect; intersect; resect; saw (n.1) "cutting tool;" Saxon; scythe; secant; secateurs; sect; section; sector; sedge; segment; skin; skinflint; skinny; transect.

It is the hypothetical source of/evidence for its existence is provided by: Hittite shakk- "to know, pay attention to;" Latin secare "to cut," sectio "a cutting, cutting off, division;" Old Church Slavonic seko, sešti "to cut," sečivo "ax, hatchet," Russian seč' "to cut to pieces;" Lithuanian įsėkti "to engrave, carve;" Albanian šate "mattock;" Old Saxon segasna, Old English sigðe "scythe;" Old English secg "sword," seax "knife, short sword;" Old Irish doescim "I cut."

hide (n.1)
"skin of a large animal," Old English hyd "a hide, a skin," from Proto-Germanic *hudiz (source also of Old Norse huð, Old Frisian hed, Middle Dutch huut, Dutch huid, Old High German hut, German Haut "skin"), from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal."

Related prehistorically to Old English verb hydan "to hide" (see hide (v.1)), the common notion being of "covering." The alliterative pairing of hide and hair (often negative, hide nor hair) was in Middle English (early 15c.), but earlier and more common was hide ne hewe, literally "skin and complexion ('hue')" (c. 1200).
bearskin (n.)
also bear-skin, "the skin of a bear," Old English berascin; see bear (n.) + skin (n.).
buckskin (n.)
c. 1300, "skin of a buck," from buck (n.1) + skin (n.). Meaning "kind of soft leather made from buckskin" was in use by 1793. Formerly much used for clothing by Native Americans and frontiersmen; the word was a nickname for Continental troops in the American Revolution.
coonskin (n.)

"the skin of the raccoon, dressed with the fur on," 1818, American English, from coon + skin (n.).

deerskin (n.)

"hide of a deer, or leather made from it," late 14c., from deer + skin (n.).

doeskin (adj.)

also doe-skin, "made from the skin of a doe," mid-15c., from doe + skin (n.).

eel-skin (n.)
1560s, from eel + skin (n.). "Formerly used as a casing for the cue or pigtail of the hair or the wig, especially by sailors." [Century Dictionary]
foreskin (n.)
1530s, from fore- + skin (n.). A loan-translation of Latin prepuce.
goatskin (n.)
late 14c., from goat + skin (n.).