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skeuomorph Syllabification: skeu·o·morph
Pronunciation: /ˈskyo͞oōˌmôrf/

Definition of skeuomorph in English:


1An object or feature that imitates the design of a similar artifact made from another material: the pottery box with a square lid is a skeuomorph of a twilled basketry container
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  • A skeuomorph is a derivative object which retains ornamental design cues to a structure that was necessary in the original.
  • Other types of bronzes from this area include representations of quadripeds and skeuomorphs of horn and gourd palm-wine vessels.
  • First-generation skeuomorphs are close mimics, even fakes. Second-generation skeuomorphs abandon any serious attempt at deception.
1.1 Computing An element of a graphical user interface that mimics a physical object: note-taking apps offer skeuomorphs of yellow legal pads, squared paper, ring binders, etc. when you first load up the app, you’ll be presented with a skeuomorph of a photo album
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  • If skeuomorphs do not help the user accomplish their goals, then they are more design than is necessary, and should be omitted.
  • Detractors say skeuomorphs represent the triumph of familiarity over function.
  • As these real-life analogs to Apple's skeuomorphs become less prevalent, these metaphors will be less and less useful to users.


Pronunciation: /ˌskyo͞oəˈmôrfik/
Example sentences
  • There is a growing trend away from skeuomorphic designs towards more simplistic and minimal type interfaces.
  • That's really the main advantage of skeuomorphic designs: they remind us of stuff we already know, and stuff we already know feels comfortable.
  • Another irritation with the skeuomorphic approach is that it quickly looks dated as the analog counterparts become obsolete.
Pronunciation: /ˌskyo͞oəˈmôrˌfizəm/
Example sentences
  • I'm not a fan of Apple-style skeuomorphism, but I guess icons have to resemble something other than bits of data interacting with other bits of data.
  • The advent of textured screens and web pages promises a whole new wave of skeuomorphism: that leather binding will not only look like leather, it will feel like it too.
  • There is nothing intrinsically wrong with skeuomorphs: the whole of classical architecture (wood represented in stone) is based on skeuomorphism, as is most software interaction.


Late 19th century: from Greek skeuos 'container, implement' + morphē 'form'.

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