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 In 1988, Metzger dispatched one of his WAR leaders to Portland to help organize a skinhead group there. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Tom Metzger, white supremacist tied to notorious 1988 murder by neo-Nazis in Portland, dies," 11 Nov. 2020 In 1986, as a high-school junior, Crenshaw joined with six peers—five of them white and one Native American—to start a skinhead crew called the Baldies. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "In the Streets with Antifa," 25 Oct. 2020 Kevin James plays a neo-Nazi skinhead who runs afoul of, yep, a clever teen girl. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Need a holiday escape? 100 entertaining movies from 2020 you still have time to stream," 21 Dec. 2020 In 1988, Metzger dispatched one of his WAR leaders to Portland to help organize a skinhead group there. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Tom Metzger, white supremacist tied to notorious 1988 murder by neo-Nazis in Portland, dies," 11 Nov. 2020 Doles is also associated with the Hammerskins, a racist skinhead gang, and marched with them during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Kelly Loeffler 'had no idea' she took picture with former KKK leader," 14 Dec. 2020 In 1988, Metzger dispatched one of his WAR leaders to Portland to help organize a skinhead group there. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Tom Metzger, white supremacist tied to notorious 1988 murder by neo-Nazis in Portland, dies," 11 Nov. 2020 In 1988, Metzger dispatched one of his WAR leaders to Portland to help organize a skinhead group there. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Tom Metzger, white supremacist tied to notorious 1988 murder by neo-Nazis in Portland, dies," 11 Nov. 2020 In 1988, Metzger dispatched one of his WAR leaders to Portland to help organize a skinhead group there. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Tom Metzger, white supremacist tied to notorious 1988 murder by neo-Nazis in Portland, dies," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of skinhead

1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2021

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“Skinhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skinhead. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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skinhead

noun
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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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