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
dandruffyplay \-drə-fē\ adjective
Examples of dandruff in a Sentence
The shampoo is supposed to help control dandruff.
Recent Examples of dandruff from the Web
Apparently, sleeping with wet hair can cause fungus to grow on your head, and this fungus tends to present itself as dandruff flakes.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1545See Words from the same year
DANDRUFF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dandruff for English Language Learners
: very small white pieces of dead skin that form especially on a person's head
DANDRUFF Defined for Kids
Definition of dandruff for Students
: thin dry whitish flakes of dead skin that form on the scalp and come off freely
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