Definition of skinner in English:



  • 1A person who skins animals or prepares skins.

    • ‘I've decided to become a skinner & a leatherworker as well as a hunter.’
    • ‘Bullwhackers and mule skinners hated camels and dreaded meeting them on the trail.’
    • ‘This would mean that participants could qualify as chefs, skinners, trackers or professional hunters and be recognised for their skills.’
    • ‘All those skinners, dyers, bakers, masons, weavers and hammermen seemed to be mocking us now.’
    • ‘His crew of skinners, butchers and sausage makers handle thousands of whitetails each season.’
    • ‘For example, the advertised possum skinner went away to Auckland and no one knew when or if he was coming back.’
    • ‘Before nightfall, another ranch hand, a jerkline skinner named Slim, presented the childlike Lennie with a puppy from his dog's litter.’
    1. 1.1A person who deals in animal skins; a furrier.
      • ‘He had come far since his birth in Pollokshaws in 1735, the son of a humble skinner.’
      • ‘The rest of the white men present were skinners, cooks, bartenders, blacksmiths, clerks, and wagon drivers.’
  • 2Australian NZ Horse Racing
    informal A horse that wins a race at very long odds.

    • ‘‘Well, you'd better fatten up them skinners or all you'll get from the apple will be the core,’ was the quick rejoinder.’
    1. 2.1A result that is very profitable to bookmakers.
  • 3

    variant spelling of skinder