skinhead

noun
skin·​head | \ ˈskin-ˌhed How to pronounce skinhead (audio) \

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

Examples of skinhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The complaint says Holzer sent pictures to the undercover agent of himself wearing symbols associated with white supremacy, identifying himself as a skinhead and a former member of the Ku Klux Klan. CBS News, "Alleged white supremacist arrested in thwarted synagogue attack in Colorado, FBI says," 4 Nov. 2019 Hundreds of neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists descended on Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017, in part to protest the city's decision to remove a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Antifa's violent confrontations with police, journalists mar otherwise peaceful rally counterprotesters," 13 Aug. 2018 In his memoir, Mr Manzoor describes the skinheads who menaced him on his way home and a pig’s head that appeared at the local mosque. J.t., The Economist, "“Blinded by the Light” captures Bruce Springsteen’s universal truths," 15 Aug. 2019 At the penalty phase, prosecution witnesses described Young as a skinhead who belonged to the Aryan Brotherhood and another neo-Nazi group, American Front. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Nazi tattoos didn’t warrant killer’s death sentence, state Supreme Court says," 25 July 2019 The fan base of Romantikus Er?szak, or Romantic Violence, for instance, is heavy on skinheads and soccer hooligans and has a reputation for brawling. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 Hundreds of neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists descended on Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017, in part to protest over the city’s decision to remove a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park. Sarah Rankin, The Seattle Times, "Charlottesville anniversary: Peaceful protests, few arrests," 13 Aug. 2018 Associated with the racist skinhead movement where members typically shave their heads, Millerberg grew out his hair, shaved his overgrown beard, and got glasses. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How looks can influence courtroom bias," 31 Oct. 2018 And in Green Room, a punk band witnesses a murder at a skinhead bar, and a neo-Nazi leader (played by Patrick Stewart) attempts to kill them all to cover up the event. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Hold the Dark throws Jeffrey Wright to the wolves," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of skinhead

1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Nov 2019

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“Skinhead.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skinhead. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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skinhead

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How to pronounce skinhead (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of skinhead

: 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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