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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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 Brushing dandruff off someone else's shoulders, however, is so very 2018. Brenna Williams, CNN, "Trump brushes off Macron's 'dandruff'," 24 Apr. 2018 This rapid shedding is what causes dandruff flakes to appear on your scalp. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "How to Treat Dandruff: Best Hair Products and Treatments," 6 July 2018 The public intimacy between the two men — including Trump’s out-of-nowhere comment about Macron’s dandruff — drew some online ridicule. Washington Post, "Mission accomplished? Macron shines in US, troubled at home," 26 Apr. 2018 One that targets dandruff will also help to reduce any dryness or flaking that lingers after the burn has healed. Adam Hurly, GQ, "This Is How to Heal a Sunburn Fast," 26 June 2018 Among them: toner, hot water salve, and for dandruff. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How to Get Rid of Dandruff," 6 June 2018 But a new study suggests early feathered dinos suffered from a familiar affliction: dandruff. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Dinosaurs Had Dandruff, Too," 30 May 2018 For a healthier scalp: Fatty fish (like salmon and trout), walnuts, and flaxseeds are packed with omega-3 fats, which can prevent dry scalp and dandruff. Johnny Miller, Allure, "The Great-Hair Diet: What to Eat for Stronger, Healthier Hair," 30 May 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 \ \ adjective

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