skull

noun
\ 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

skull

verb
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from skull

Noun

skulled \ ˈskəld How to pronounce skulled (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for skull

Synonyms: Noun

cranium

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Some have focused on possible hormonal changes, trying to understand why humans today have skulls that lack the large brow ridges and thicker bone of our fossil ancestors. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 Four of the women exhibited skull and rib fractures suffered before death. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Germany’s “Stonehenge” Reveals Evidence of Human Sacrifice," 30 June 2018 The victim was airlifted to a hospital and is in a coma with multiple skull and facial fractures, prosecutors said. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, "Man in coma after Glendale Heights hammer attack; West Chicago man charged, officials say," 24 May 2018 Devin Patrick Kelley, who killed 26 people at a church in Texas last year, was court-martialed and dishonorably discharged from the Air Force for beating his wife and cracking their baby’s skull. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "New Revelations Show Golden State Killer Had Toxic History With Women," 29 Apr. 2018 Among them is a stack of skulls on the inside of his leg. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "An artful display of permanent regrets," 6 June 2018 Promo images for the concerts feature Bey and JAY riding a similar cycle, with a longhorn cow skull on the front. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Beyoncé and JAY-Z Spotted Out on a Motorcycle Joyride in Jamaica," 21 Mar. 2018 Weber and Arkeen are the only two people who earned co-writing credits on the album outside of the core band members, yet only one briefly played in the band, and their faces didn’t appear as skulls on the album cover. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "And Headbangers Shall Know Thy Names," 14 Feb. 2018 State inspectors said one patient sustained a skull fracture because the hospital failed to implement safety measures. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Psychiatric Hospitals With Safety Violations Still Get Accreditation," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, Cincinnati.com, "Byron McCauley: During the Flood of 2018, awe and a party in Bellevue," 26 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'skull.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of skull

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for skull

Noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about skull

Statistics for skull

Last Updated

26 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for skull

The first known use of skull was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for skull

skull

noun

English Language Learners Definition of skull

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

skull

noun
\ 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

skull

noun
\ ˈskəl How to pronounce skull (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on skull

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with skull

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for skull

Spanish Central: Translation of skull

Nglish: Translation of skull for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of skull for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about skull

Comments on skull

What made you want to look up skull? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a strong desire or propensity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!