Definition of skint in English:

skint

adjective

British
informal
  • (of a person) having little or no money available.

    ‘I'm a bit skint just now’
    • ‘Being students, we were always skint and wanted the easiest, most flexible, and most profitable form of income we could get.’
    • ‘I was so skint I couldn't even get the kids anything for Christmas.’
    • ‘‘He knew I was skint, so he asked if I wanted to come and work in this place for eight hours a day,’ recalls Hemphill.’
    • ‘Whenever you go to the council asking for new books and equipment they say they are skint but they can find money for this kind of thing.’
    • ‘And what about women who can't afford to pay and have low pain thresholds - do they just lie there screaming in agony because they are skint?’
    • ‘A thief had to empty his pockets out in the court dock to prove he was skint.’
    • ‘With lager prices having risen 160% in 10 years, is it any wonder they're skint?’
    • ‘But loads of skint people from the estates around here use it, and it's creaming off cash from them.’
    • ‘‘I wasn't going to play this season because I was skint,’ said Shaw.’
    • ‘We have had a very bad election result, we are effectively skint, our activists are discouraged and our membership is falling.’
    • ‘Laura, currently on placement at Salford's Hope Hospital, said: ‘I'm a skint student.’’
    • ‘After years spent as a skint student with only a few pounds to my name, I learnt to sniff out the best deals behind the bar.’
    • ‘By that, I mean we were too skint to really do anything.’
    • ‘But the worst time to be on Oxford Street is when you are skint and are shopping for someone else.’
    • ‘‘We were always skint before,’ Rowley says of the days before the band got signed.’
    • ‘I had previously owned a mustard-coloured Maxi and hated it, but I was so skint I found myself buying another one.’
    • ‘And he doesn't mind taking on the job when I'm skint.’
    • ‘Due to reckless recent shiny gadget business acquisitions, I'm completely skint.’
    • ‘You have a lot of money in October, then come March you're skint again.’
    • ‘Some suggest that Jackson is so skint that last year he was forced to cough up a $2 million diamond watch as collateral for a bank loan.’
    destitute, poverty-stricken, impoverished, indigent, penniless, insolvent, impecunious, ruined, pauperized, without a penny to one's name, without two farthings to rub together, without two pennies to rub together
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Origin

1920s: variant of colloquial skinned, in the same sense, past participle of skin.

Pronunciation:

skint

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