dandruff

noun
dan·​druff | \ ˈdan-drəf How to pronounce dandruff (audio) \

Definition of dandruff

: scaly white or grayish flakes of dead skin cells especially of the scalp also : the condition marked by excessive shedding of such flakes and usually accompanied by itching

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Other Words from dandruff

dandruffy \ ˈdan-​drə-​fē How to pronounce dandruff (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dandruff in a Sentence

The shampoo is supposed to help control dandruff.
Recent Examples on the Web All hair textures — from straight to kinky-curly — can utilize dry shampoo to soak up oil, dirt and dandruff in between wash days or after exercising. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, 15 Apr. 2021 So whether your arch-nemesis is dryness, dandruff, oil, humidity, or a combination of it all, there's something for you below. Erin Parker, Glamour, 11 Mar. 2021 The internet also touts apple cider vinegar as a treatment for skin infections and acne, a way to fight lice and dandruff, as a natural wart remover or an anti-aging treatment. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 10 Mar. 2021 In the following days, my feet looked gorgeously clean and soft, and my sheets looked like they’d been used to smother a person with bad dandruff. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 28 Dec. 2020 Design Essentials was born from this vision and continues to reach new heights with its full range of styling and treatment sets to enhance shine and hydration, address dandruff, and prevent breakage and shedding for all hair types. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, 10 Dec. 2020 These shampoos kill the dandruff-causing yeast that lives on your scalp, the Mayo Clinic explains. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 2 Nov. 2020 Figuring out how to get rid of dandruff can be downright stressful. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 2 Nov. 2020 Head & Shoulders is known as a leader behind shampoos to combat dandruff and dryness. Popular Science, 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of dandruff

1545, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dandruff

probably from dand- (origin unknown) + -ruff, from Middle English rove scabby condition, from Old Norse hrūfa scab; akin to Old High German hruf scurf, Lithuanian kraupus rough

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“Dandruff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dandruff. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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dandruff

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dandruff

: very small white pieces of dead skin that form especially on a person's head

dandruff

noun
dan·​druff | \ ˈdan-drəf How to pronounce dandruff (audio) \

Kids Definition of dandruff

: thin dry whitish flakes of dead skin that form on the scalp and come off freely

dandruff

noun
dan·​druff | \ ˈdan-drəf How to pronounce dandruff (audio) \

Medical Definition of dandruff

: scaly white or grayish flakes of dead skin cells especially of the scalp also : the condition marked by excessive shedding of such flakes and usually accompanied by itching

Other Words from dandruff

dandruffy \ -​ē How to pronounce dandruff (audio) \ adjective

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