Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

scalp

play
noun \ˈskalp\

Simple Definition of scalp

  • : the skin on the top of your head where hair grows

  • : hair and skin that is cut or torn from the head of an enemy as a sign of victory

Full Definition of scalp

  1. 1a :  the part of the integument of the human head usually covered with hair in both sexesb :  the part of an animal (as a wolf or fox) corresponding to the human scalp

  2. 2a :  a part of the human scalp with attached hair cut or torn from an enemy as a token of victoryb :  a trophy of victory or accomplishment

  3. 3 chiefly Scottish :  a projecting mass of bare ground or rock

Origin of scalp

Middle English, crown of the head, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skālpr sheath; akin to Middle Dutch schelpe shell


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with scalp


2

scalp

verb

Simple Definition of scalp

  • : to remove the hair and skin from the head of (an enemy) as a sign of victory

  • : to buy tickets for an event and resell them at a much higher price

Full Definition of scalp

  • transitive verb
    1. 1a :  to deprive of the scalpb :  to remove an upper part from

    2. 2 :  to remove a desired constituent from and discard the rest

    3. 3 :  to buy and sell so as to make small quick profits <scalp stocks> <scalp grain>; especially :  to resell at greatly increased prices <scalp theater tickets>

    4. intransitive verb
    5. 1 :  to take scalps

    6. 2 :  to profit by slight market fluctuations

    scalp·er noun

    Examples of scalp

    1. Some members of the tribe were scalped by the attacking warriors.



    1676

    First Known Use of scalp

    1676



    SCALP Defined for Kids

    1

    scalp

    play
    noun \ˈskalp\

    Definition of scalp

    1. :  the part of the skin of the head usually covered with hair




    2

    scalp

    play
    verb

    Definition of scalp

    scalpedscalp·ing

    1. :  to remove the scalp from




    Medical Dictionary

    scalp

    play
    noun \ˈskalp\

    Medical Definition of scalp

    1. :  the part of the integument of the head usually covered with hair in both sexes




    Learn More about scalp


    Seen and Heard

    What made you want to look up scalp? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

    WORD OF THE DAY

    February 13, 2016

    a trying or distressing experience

    Get Word of the Day daily email!

    WORD GAMES

    Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

    image33683556

    How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

    16.96 pounds 100 pounds 2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds
    Name That Thing

    10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    SCRABBLE® Sprint

    Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

    TAKE THE QUIZ