Definition of skin book in English:

skin book


  • 1A book made of parchment or vellum, especially one containing literary works from medieval Iceland or Scandinavia.

  • 2Slang. A pornographic book or magazine; a cheap paperback with erotic subject matter.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From skin + book. In later use of sense 1 after Icelandic skinnbók or Danish skindbog; compare Old Icelandic skinna.


skin book

/ˈskɪn bʊk/