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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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quits Maine race A Republican who tweeted insults at two survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has withdrawn his candidacy for the Maine House of Representatives.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 Our popular culture tends to define the racist as a toothless illiterate Klansman in rural Appalachia, or a bitter, angry urban skinhead reacting to limited social prospects. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Alt-right attorney defends racism, homophobia, Richard Spencer," 1 Mar. 2018 Yet Alt-America grimly reminds us that neo-Nazis, skinheads, Klansmen, Holocaust deniers, and various other stripes of white supremacist have held marches and rallies in America for many years, regardless of who sits in the Oval Office. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Alternative History," 1 Mar. 2018 Farmiga will play the maternal leader of the notorious and violent skinhead gang from which Widner removes himself. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Vera Farmiga Joins Jamie Bell in Neo-Nazi Drama 'Skin' (Exclusive)," 2 Mar. 2018

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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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