Definition of skint in English:

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Pronunciation: /skint/


British informal
(Of a person) having little or no money available: I’m a bit skint just now
More example sentences
  • You have a lot of money in October, then come March you're skint again.
  • 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.
  • Being students, we were always skint and wanted the easiest, most flexible, and most profitable form of income we could get.


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

  • skin from Old English:

    Old Scandinavian gave us skin in the later Old English period—the word used until then was hide. The expression by the skin of your teeth arose from a misquotation from the biblical book of Job: ‘I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.’ The implication is ‘and nothing else’. See also beauty. The skinhead is associated with the Britain of the 1970s, but the first skinheads were American. In the 1950s recruits to the US Marines were known as skinheads because of the severe way their hair was cropped when they joined up. The colloquial word skint first found in the 1920s is a variant of colloquial skinned used in the same sense.

Words that rhyme with skint

asquint, bint, clint, dint, flint, glint, hint, imprint, lint, mint, misprint, print, quint, splint, sprint, squint, stint, tint

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