skin·​head | \ ˈskin-ˌhed \

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

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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 Former Nazi skinhead, now works to help people leave extremism and does incredible work. Drew Magary, GQ, "Sarah Silverman Is the Troll Slayer," 23 May 2018 To deepen his understanding, Pardeep befriended former skinhead Arno Michaelis. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: On the eve of the school shooting in Texas, a prayer at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek," 20 May 2018 Martinez left her white-power skinhead gang in the 1990s after a youth of violent bigotry, and now volunteers for the nonprofit Life After Hate. Shannon Martinez, Marie Claire, "A Former White Supremacist Condemns Trump: "He Is the Leader They've Been Waiting For"," 17 Aug. 2017 The Ku Klux Klan and the skinheads can get a permit to walk down the street to bash Jews, gays, blacks, immigrants, anybody. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Steve Harvey on Returning to Stand-Up, Ambitious TV Plans and (Why Not?) Launching an Organic Food Empire," 27 Apr. 2018 Republican who called Florida shooting survivor a 'skinhead lesbian' quits Maine race A Republican who tweeted insults at two survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has withdrawn his candidacy for the Maine House of Representatives. USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of skinhead

1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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