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

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 Juices were offered alongside pastries of diminishing size, and a rosy-faced man wearing a surplus of tweeds sat silent and scholarly before a small press corps, a cumulus mass of golden-white hair rising from his scalp. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, 20 Sep. 2022 In the wake of James Karinchak getting his scalp massaged by umpire Ted Barrett on Sept. 9 at Target Field, Antonetti has talked to MLB about the situation. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2022 While still clutching the girl's hair, Deters said, Hemmitt jerked the girl back and forth, ripping hair from her scalp. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 27 June 2022 People in the trials had lost at least 50 percent of hair from their scalp before taking the drug. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 14 June 2022 People with trichotillomania may pluck from their scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, or other body hair. ELLE, 28 Apr. 2022 The outlet reports that the female victim — whose name has not been revealed — told police that Brown pulled her hair from her scalp in an effort to prevent her from getting their sleeping baby from a bassinet inside their home. Darlene Aderoju, Billboard, 25 Jan. 2022 The pus that had been dripping from his scalp entirely disappeared. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Hold it out about 10 inches from your scalp and spray it onto your roots. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 18 Sep. 2019 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 See More

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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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27 Sep 2022

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“Scalp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scalp. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for scalp

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

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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