\ˈskəl \

Definition of skull 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the skeleton of the head of a vertebrate forming a bony or cartilaginous case that encloses and protects the brain and chief sense organs and supports the jaws

2 : the seat of understanding or intelligence : mind


skulled; skulling; skulls

Definition of skull (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to hit on the head

2 : to unintentionally hit (a golf ball or shot) with the bottom edge of the clubface

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skulled \ˈskəld \ adjective

Synonyms for skull

Synonyms: Noun


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Examples of skull in a Sentence


He had a fractured skull. paleoanthropologists recently found the skull of a prehistoric man in a remote area of the desert

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Kamonie also had injuries to her chin and arms, multiple rib fractures, a hemorrhage and a possible skull fracture. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "DeKalb DA drops charges against man in death of girlfriend’s baby," 28 June 2018 Soon the man was being rushed into surgery at Boston Medical Center with a depressed skull fracture. Eric Moskowitz,, "Suspect allegedly beat homeless man with rock after he told him he had no cash," 15 June 2018 An autopsy found the boy suffered from skull fractures and brain injuries, liver lacerations and nerve damage in both eyes. Washington Post, "Suspect in baby’s death was in counseling," 21 May 2018 The boy suffered two skull fractures and abrasions and is expected to survive, police said. Kristina Davis,, "Truck runs over boy's head in accident at Crawford High," 21 Apr. 2018 Green had multiple skull fractures, and the boy had a deep gash wound on his head, WSOC reported. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "They stole Bud Light from a Harris Teeter, then ran over a father and son, cops say | Charlotte Observer," 19 Apr. 2018 An autopsy showed the child had multiple traumatic injuries that caused his death, including a skull fracture, a possible leg fracture and bruising on his face, head, leg, chest and abdomen. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man who killed infant son sentenced to 35 years in prison," 18 Apr. 2018 The child was initially admitted to hospital with a skull fracture, hemorrhaging in both eyes, swelling, a broken clavicle, arm fractures and severe burns to her ear and hands, Sgt. Christopher Harress,, "Jury recommends life without parole for Mobile child murder," 30 Mar. 2018 Their son has endured two skull fractures, two brain bleeds and facial fractures. Linda Trischitta,, "Driver, 21, fights for life after hit-and-run in Fort Lauderdale, cops say," 7 Mar. 2018

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This leaves one big question: Why were people drilling into one another’s skulls 5,000 years ago in the first place? Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Did a Prehistoric Brain Surgeon Practice on This Cow?," 25 Apr. 2018 Someone took out a golf driver and skulled the top off of a full can of Bud Light and drank what was left. Byron Mccauley,, "Byron McCauley: During the Flood of 2018, awe and a party in Bellevue," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of skull


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for skull


Middle English skulle, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect skulle skull

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Phrases Related to skull

get it into/through one's thick skull

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English Language Learners Definition of skull

: the structure of bones that form the head and face of a person or animal


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Kids Definition of skull

: the case of bone or cartilage that forms the skeleton of the head and face, encloses the brain, and supports the jaws


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Medical Definition of skull 

: the skeleton of the head forming a bony case that encloses and protects the brain and chief sense organs and supports the jaws

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