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 police report identified him as a leader in the Hammerskins, a racist skinhead gang. Chris Joyner, ajc, 3 Dec. 2021 The bottom half of me was almost like a skinhead — someone who could kick your head in. Scott Meslow, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021 Kessler asked Heimbach to reach out to two skinhead gangs, the Hammerskins and Blood & Honour Social Club, Heimbach testified. Elle Reeve, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 In the '80s, Oregon, and Portland, in particular, saw a jump in neo-Nazi and skinhead groups, Miller said. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 5 Sep. 2021 His name is Danny, and the shaved head and tattoos are kind of giving me skinhead vibes. Charlotte Walsh, Vulture, 17 July 2021 Her best friend, a white girl, had a brother who became a skinhead. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 19 June 2021 Combining tattoos and beards with the clean lines of khakis and Fred Perrys, the Proud Boys blended aspects of skinhead and punk style with a retrograde, preppy look. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 Here is one vision of how far-right recruitment is supposed to work: Bobby queues up for a Fortnite match and gets paired with big, bad skinhead Ryland. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 10 June 2021

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First Known Use of skinhead

1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of skinhead was in 1943

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7 Dec 2021

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“Skinhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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