dandruff

noun
dan·​druff | \ ˈdan-drəf \

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 \ -​drə-​fē \ adjective

Examples of dandruff in a Sentence

The shampoo is supposed to help control dandruff.

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Read more stories about body image: Now, learn how to turn any shampoo into a dandruff-fighting treatment: Follow Kaleigh on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to Allure's newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Body-Positive Blogger Carmen Rene Beautifully Recreates Kim Kardashian's Nude KKW Body Ads," 2 May 2018 Brigitte, who’s been wearing Louis Vuitton all week, did not deviate tonight, and WWD reports that her dandruff-suffering husband sported a Thuillier Paris shirt. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Melania Trump Showed Up to the First State Dinner in Custom Chanel," 24 Apr. 2018 For many people this winter’s yo-yoing temperatures have brought with them an unwelcome annoyance: dandruff — itchy and flaky and vexing. Rachel Felder, New York Times, "Dandruff Shampoos Have Gone Chic," 20 Feb. 2018 First of all, the dandruff in these videos is probably seborrheic dermatitis. Jessica Cruel, Teen Vogue, "Dandruff Scraping Videos Might Be the New Pimple Popping Videos," 23 July 2018 First of all, the dandruff in these videos is probably seborrheic dermatitis. Jessica Cruel, Allure, "Dandruff Scraping Videos (aka the New Pimple-Popping Clips) Are Going Viral on YouTube," 20 July 2018 First of all, the dandruff in these videos is probably seborrheic dermatitis. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "Dandruff Scraping Videos Are the New Pimple Popping Videos," 19 July 2018 Next month would be underwritten by a dandruff shampoo. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 Here’s some more science: a 5 percent tea tree oil shampoo lessens the severity of dandruff by 41 percent. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "A Guide to Megan Markle’s Favorite Anti-Acne Oil," 13 July 2018

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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

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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective

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