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
Recent Examples of skinhead from the Web
Far-right militias, skinheads, white-boy fight clubs and almost every group The Root has been warning readers about showed up for the festivities.
The jury assessed $12.5 million in damages against the leaders, their organization and two of the skinheads involved in the beating.
The three skinheads who murdered Seraw were White Aryan Resistance followers.
Seraw, an Ethiopian immigrant, was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat by a group of Portland skinheads in 1988.
In 1998, a carload of skinheads beat an Ethiopian man to death.
A nearby text-and-photography installation goes further, arguing that white skinhead culture is also derived from black culture, particularly rude boy Jamaican street culture.
While Le Pen got an endorsement from her father, Macron held an emotional meeting with a Moroccan man whose father died years ago when he was thrown off a Paris bridge by far-right skinheads.
Then, on Monday, Macron stood just a few hundred yards from the National Front's annual May Day march, on the banks of the Seine in Paris, and memorialized a Moroccan man who was drowned by skinheads who'd attended the 1995 iteration of the rally.
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Definition of skinhead for English Language Learners
: 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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