Definition of skinhead
1 : a person whose hair is cut very short
2 : a usually white male belonging to any of various sometimes violent youth gangs whose members have close-shaven hair and often espouse white-supremacist beliefs
Recent Examples of skinhead from the Web
The jury assessed $12.5 million in damages against the leaders, their organization and two of the skinheads involved in the beating.
Seraw, an Ethiopian immigrant, was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat by a group of Portland skinheads in 1988.
In 1998, a carload of skinheads beat an Ethiopian man to death.
A nearby text-and-photography installation goes further, arguing that white skinhead culture is also derived from black culture, particularly rude boy Jamaican street culture.
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SKINHEAD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of skinhead for English Language Learners
: a person with a shaved head; especially : a young white person who belongs to a gang whose members shave their heads and have racist beliefs
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