scalp

noun
\ ˈskalp How to pronounce scalp (audio) \

Definition of scalp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the part of the integument of the human head usually covered with hair in both sexes
b : the part of an animal (such as a wolf or fox) corresponding to the human scalp
2a : a part of the human scalp with attached hair cut or torn from an enemy as a token of victory
b : a trophy of victory or accomplishment
3 chiefly Scotland : a projecting mass of bare ground or rock

scalp

verb
scalped; scalping; scalps

Definition of scalp (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to deprive of the scalp
b : to remove an upper part from
2 : to remove a desired constituent from and discard the rest
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

intransitive verb

1 : to take scalps
2 : to profit by slight market fluctuations

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Other Words from scalp

Verb

scalper noun

Examples of scalp in a Sentence

Verb Some members of the tribe were scalped by the attacking warriors.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To speed up dry time after product application, use a microfiber towel (an old cotton T-shirt works too) and scrunch up to your scalp. Anneke Knot, Health.com, 8 July 2021 Previous research measuring electrical activity in the brain with electrodes attached to the scalp, a technique known as EEG, has shown areas that consistently light up upon viewing any human face. ABC News, 30 May 2021 Just shave the upper third of your scalp to make room for a temporary tattoo of your vaccination card. Sharon Levy, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 Once the hair is fully dry, use a comb down the middle of your scalp to create a center part. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, 2 June 2021 In addition, Larizza said the tip of the knife believed to have been used in the murder was also found in the victim's scalp along with the suspect's DNA on the victim's body. Tina Burnside, CNN, 29 May 2021 This hair oil is meant to be massaged into the scalp for two to three minutes before being rinsed out. Rebecca Deczynski, Health.com, 21 June 2021 But some Republicans have demanded Fauci resign over the emails -- seeking a scalp that would suggest a non-existent scandal but might serve to drain some of the blame from Trump. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 18 June 2021 Near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Caitlin Jones, a 30-year-old physician's assistant in Ohio, noticed a suspicious-looking mole on her scalp. Dr. Sara Yumeen, ABC News, 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An abortive knife cut on the back of Ringo's head only indicates that someone had a notion to scalp the corpse (and thought better of it). Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 13 June 2021 Her perverse way of making human connections is to drug and scalp the occasional customer — and then to wear their hair like a wig. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021 Those folks tend to live off slicing and dicing you and the best way to do that is to scalp you at every turn, not drive BTC to the moon. Clem Chambers, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 Think about trying to scalp the bird with your pellets to make a clean kill. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 24 Sep. 2020 Most dramatically, the film’s director of photography Jan de Bont — later the director of Speed and Twister — needed 120 stitches after being essentially scalped by a lioness. Clark Collis, EW.com, 7 Apr. 2020 Other conditions, like contact dermatitis, eczema, and scalp psoriasis, can also lead to dandruff-like flaking. Jessica Cruel, SELF, 19 Mar. 2020 But YellowHeart doesn't try to get rid of scalping completely. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, 21 Oct. 2019 Now people that did get verified are scalping tickets on @StubHub for Paul McCartney level prices. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of scalp

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1676, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for scalp

Noun

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

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The first known use of scalp was in the 14th century

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17 Jul 2021

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“Scalp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scalp. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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scalp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scalp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

scalp

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scalp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove the hair and skin from the head of (an enemy) as a sign of victory
US : to buy tickets for an event and resell them at a much higher price

scalp

noun
\ ˈskalp How to pronounce scalp (audio) \

Kids Definition of scalp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

scalp

verb
scalped; scalping

Kids Definition of scalp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove the scalp from

scalp

noun
\ ˈskalp How to pronounce scalp (audio) \

Medical Definition of scalp

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

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scalp

transitive verb

Legal Definition of scalp

: to buy and sell so as to make small quick profits scalp stocks especially : to resell at greatly increased prices

intransitive verb

: to profit by slight market fluctuations

Other Words from scalp

scalper noun

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