\ ˈskəl How to pronounce skull (audio) \

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 How to pronounce skulled (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for skull

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of skull in a Sentence

Noun He had a fractured skull. paleoanthropologists recently found the skull of a prehistoric man in a remote area of the desert
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Actors fall off their horses, get trampled by hooves, crack a skull or break a bone. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 Five men were seriously injured, including 72-year-old Josef Neumann, who suffered a fracture skull from a machete blow during the attack inside the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg of Congregation Netzach Yisroel. Steve Lieberman, USA TODAY, "Suspect indicted on 6 attempted murder charges in Hanukkah machete slashing at rabbi's house," 3 Jan. 2020 Theft: West Bridge Street An unlocked black BMX Haro bicycle, with a silver skull under the handlebars, was stolen between 5:45-6 p.m. Dec. 19 from outside Dollar Tree, 40 West Bridge. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Wanted man wrestles with police; intoxicated woman causes vehicle crash: Berea police blotter," 27 Dec. 2019 The interior calls to mind a casual hunting lodge with deer and moose heads mounted on the wall along with a cow’s skull. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Rustic Louisville hotspot hits homerun with kangaroo, elk burgers that satisfy any craving," 18 Dec. 2019 The panel that includes a skull nestles it in a basket next to a pair of white kittens. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Sea of Change’ exhibition sets the voyage on a different course," 6 Dec. 2019 The Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlan had a large bone rack, called a tzompantli, that stored thousands of human skulls. Kirby Farah, The Conversation, "Day of the Dead: From Aztec goddess worship to modern Mexican celebration," 28 Oct. 2019 Tattoos, too, and a drawing to own a real human skull (other than your own, of course). Chris Kaltenbach,, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Light City and the Baltimore Book Festival, the Westminster Catacombs, World Oddities Expo and more," 27 Oct. 2019 There were other issues, too: a lower jaw missing, a skull oddly domed. Eric Boodman, STAT, "Leave a Comment," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And, most incredibly, not after skulling a bunker shot on the par-5 14th, then hacking out to 30 feet. Daniel Rapaport,, "Tiger Woods Manages One-Under 70 Despite Up-and-Down Opening Round at U.S. Open," 13 June 2019 The ball was sitting on such tight grass that he easily could have chunked or skulled it. Daniel Rapaport,, "2019 U.S. Open Parting Thoughts: Woodland's Gutsy Win, Tiger's Showing and More," 17 June 2019 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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The first known use of skull was in the 13th century

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17 Feb 2020

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“Skull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce skull (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of skull

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


\ ˈskəl How to pronounce skull (audio) \

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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