scalp

1 of 2

noun

1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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

2 of 2

verb

scalped; scalping; scalps

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
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
The audience reacted to the disturbing scene as expected, writhing in their seats — a reaction the film also received when its Trump goes under the knife for liposuction and a scalp reduction. Carita Rizzo, Peoplemag, 25 May 2024 The movie also features scenes where the business magnate undergoes cosmetic procedures, including liposuction and a scalp treatment to address his baldness. Nik Popli, TIME, 23 May 2024
Verb
Related Since the investigation launched, Live Nation put more resources toward focusing on other major issues within the live music industry, namely the predatory resale and scalping businesses that gouge the fans for significant markups. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 22 May 2024 During those 40 seconds, the dog chomped on Bates repeatedly, effectively scalping her, according to court papers. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 3 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for scalp 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1676, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Scalp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scalp. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

scalp

1 of 2 noun
1
: the part of the skin and flesh of the head usually covered with hair
2
: a part of the human scalp cut or torn from an enemy especially as a sign of victory

scalp

2 of 2 verb
1
: to remove the scalp from
2
: to buy and resell at much higher prices
scalp theater tickets
scalper noun

Medical Definition

scalp

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

Legal Definition

scalp

transitive verb
: 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
scalper noun
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