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 Jojoba consists of similar ingredients that make up our natural scalp oils. Nicole Saunders, CNN Underscored, "Keep natural hair healthy and hydrated with these 25 expert-approved products," 9 July 2020 For many people, exfoliating your scalp isn’t essential. Emily Rekstis, SELF, "How to Exfoliate Your Scalp for Fuller, Healthier Hair," 10 July 2020 Jojoba consists of similar ingredients that make up our natural scalp oils. Nicole Saunders, CNN Underscored, "Keep natural hair healthy and hydrated with these 25 expert-approved products," 9 July 2020 There’s nothing worse than an itchy, irritated scalp, even without the insult of flakiness. Popular Science, "Best dandruff shampoos for a happy, flake free scalp," 7 July 2020 Yet another portrays a Native American with a scalp hanging from his waist. Meena Harris, Glamour, "Over 20,000 People Want to Rename the High School Maya Angelou Attended—After Her," 7 July 2020 Jojoba consists of similar ingredients that make up our natural scalp oils. Nicole Saunders, CNN Underscored, "Keep natural hair healthy and hydrated with these 25 expert-approved products," 29 June 2020 But overall, serums can be really nurturing for the scalp. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Do Hair Serums Actually Work For Black Hair?," 23 June 2020 Beneath her thinning hair, Iris can see pink scalp. Clare Sestanovich, Harper's Magazine, "Annunciation," 23 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Hollywood's real Tiger King: Insane big cat movie Roar getting VOD rerelease," 7 Apr. 2020 Other conditions, like contact dermatitis, eczema, and scalp psoriasis, can also lead to dandruff-like flaking. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "9 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Dandruff," 19 Mar. 2020 But YellowHeart doesn't try to get rid of scalping completely. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Meet YellowHeart, The Chainsmokers-Backed Ticketing Platform That Puts Artists in Control," 21 Oct. 2019 Now people that did get verified are scalping tickets on @StubHub for Paul McCartney level prices. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Ticketmaster Apologizes to Billie Eilish Fans for Tour Presale Chaos," 4 Oct. 2019 Kirana and his brother stepped in as middlemen, acquiring tickets by the fistful from airline clerks and scalping them to the crowds. New York Times, "What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?," 18 Sep. 2019 Japan passed a law last month that prohibits ticket scalping with the penalty of a 1 million yen ($9,100) fine and a one-year jail term — or both. Washington Post, "Got a Tokyo Olympics ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil," 4 July 2019 The group of fans involved had openly encouraged scalping prior to purchasing the tickets off of the Old Lady. SI.com, "Police Arrest 12 Members of Juventus Ultras Club on Numerous Charges," 16 Sep. 2019 Every fan in the stadium, which was so thoroughly draped in red by ticket-scalping visitors that Folsom Field smelled more like Nebraska than the cabbage of a Runza sandwich at kickoff, was left queasy with anxiety. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: How did Buffs coach Mel Tucker celebrate crazy victory against Big Red Whiners from Nebraska? By taking selfies with fans.," 7 Sep. 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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Last Updated

28 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scalp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scalp. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for scalp

scalp

noun
How to pronounce scalp (audio)

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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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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