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Burrhus F. Skinner


United States psychologist and a leading proponent of behaviorism (born: 1904 – died: 1990)


person noun (people)

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Princeton WordNet


The family surname is occupational in origin. Before becoming used as a surname ...
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Definition references  (+images)


B. F. Skinner | Burrhus Frederic "B. F." Skinner
(Born: Burrhus Frederic Skinner, March 20, 1904, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States – Died: August 18, 1990(1990-08-18) (aged 86), Massachusetts, United States)

an American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher. He was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1974. Skinner invented the operant conditioning chamber, also known... (35 of 10387 words, 3 images)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

B.F. Skinner [American psychologist] | Burrhus Frederic Skinner
(Born: March 20, 1904, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States – Died: August 18, 1990, Cambridge, Massachusetts)

American psychologist and an influential exponent of behaviourism, which views human behaviour in terms of responses to environmental stimuli and ... (20 of 459 words, 1 image)


Collins Dictionary:

skinner | Skinner | B. F. Skinner [sense-specific] | Burrhus Frederic Skinner [sense-specific]

a person who prepares or deals in animal skins | 1904-90, US behavioural psychologist. His "laws of learning", derived from experiments with animals, ... (22 of 287 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

Skinner, Burrhus Frederic | Burrhus Frederic Skinner | BF Skinner | B F Skinner | Burrhus Skinner | Skinner, B.F. | Skinner, BF | Skinner, B F | Skinner, Burrhus | ...
(Born: 1904 – Died: 1990)

American psychologist, born: Susquehanna, Pennsylvania He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1931, and remained there as an instructor until 1936, ... (21 of 230 words)


Random House Dictionary:

skinner | Skinner | BF Skinner [sense-specific] | B F Skinner [sense-specific] | Burrhus Skinner [sense-specific] | Burrhus Frederic Skinner [sense-specific] | Skinner, B.F. [sense-specific] | Skinner, BF [sense-specific] | Skinner, B F [sense-specific] | ...

a person or thing that skins. | a person who prepares or deals in skins or hides. | a person who drives draft animals, as mules or oxen. | the ... (27 of 130 words, 8 definitions, pronunciations)


Oxford Dictionary:

Burrhus Frederic Skinner | Skinner, Burrhus Frederic

(1904-1990) , American behaviourist psychologist. He promoted the view that the proper aim of psychology should be to predict behaviour, and hence be ... (23 of 33 words, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

skinner | Skinner | B(urrhus) F(rederick) Skinner | Cornelia Otis Skinner

One that flays, dresses, or sells animal skins. | [western United States] A mule driver. | American psychologist. Skinner influenced the fields of ... (21 of 67 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)




A surname. (2 of 47 words)


New World Dictionary:

skinner | Skinner

a person who strips skins or processes them for market | [United States, informal] a (mule) driver | Skinner, B(urrhus) F(rederic) 1904-90; United ... (21 of 23 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)



Skinner | Skinnerian [adjective, related]

B(urrhus) F(rederic) 1904-1990 American psychologist (5 of 16 words, pronunciations)

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Otis 1858-1942 American actor (4 of 11 words)

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Cambridge Dictionary:


someone who studies the human mind and human emotions and behaviour, and how different situations have an effect on them (20 of 41 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

psychologist [countable] | psychologists [plural]

someone who studies how people's minds work and how this affects their behaviour (13 of 39 words, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

psychologist | psychologists [plural]

a professional who studies behavior and experience, and who is licensed to provide therapeutic services or to work in an academic setting | a student ... (24 of 53 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736138​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference



Origin: The family surname is occupational in origin. Before becoming used as a surname the word skinner was commonly used to identify someone who treated animal skins.


Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

skinner | Skinner

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Skinner"


the Free Dictionary:


Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Skinner"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Skinner"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "Skinner" by speech synthesizer


Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:


Audio: North American pronunciation of "Skinner"

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