Definition of scalp in English:

scalp

noun

  • 1The skin covering the head, excluding the face.

    • ‘The natural process of sloughing off old skin cells on the scalp and manufacturing replacements is usually very orderly and complete.’
    • ‘Sometimes, this fungus can cause our scalps to shed skin cells too quickly.’
    • ‘On physical examination, no clinically atypical or suspicious nevi were observed on the skin or scalp.’
    • ‘Dandruff of the scalp and flaking skin in the auditory canals are also common.’
    • ‘It's normal for your scalp's skin cells to grow old, die and shed.’
    • ‘Using his fingertips to tickle my skin and massage my scalp, he opened up my playful side within a few minutes.’
    • ‘Dandruff is characterised by small, loose flakes of dead skin on the scalp or trapped in the hair.’
    • ‘But your scalp needs to be cared for just like the skin on the rest of your body.’
    • ‘Brush her scalp thoroughly but gently, working out from the scalp to the ends of the hair.’
    • ‘His brown shoulder length hair was thinning at the scalp and his skin seemed pale and sickly in garish torchlight.’
    • ‘Not only will you walk away with clean and clear skin and a massaged scalp, but you'll also learn proper shaving techniques.’
    • ‘Have the temperature changes made your skin itchy and your scalp dry?’
    • ‘On examination we observed a healthy man with no other burns of the skin of the scalp, face or neck.’
    • ‘All the hairs on her arms stood straight out from her skin and her scalp tingled.’
    • ‘The base should actually lay on the scalp and should not be spread or rubbed into the skin or scalp.’
    • ‘This is probably something to do with us having two to three thousand nerve endings in our scalp crying out for stimulation.’
    • ‘The energy prickled across my skin, and by the funny feelings on my scalp, I was sure my hair was standing on end.’
    • ‘Medically speaking, it is a condition where the skin cells on the scalp go into over drive and are produced in excess, which gives rise to irritation and itching.’
    • ‘Ringworm isn't a worm, but a fungal infection of the scalp or skin that got its name from the ring or series of rings that it can produce.’
    • ‘Its natural foaming quality also makes it a gentle, moisturizing cleanser for skin, scalp and hair.’
    1. 1.1historical The scalp with the hair belonging to it cut or torn away from an enemy's head as a battle trophy, especially by an American Indian.
      • ‘The differences between what happened at Fort William Henry and at Niagara need not be seen as evolutionary; the aftermath of battle had yielded many scalps and prisoners for the Iroquois at Niagara.’
      • ‘The payment for Indian scalps, including the scalps of Indian children, was written in the laws of Massachusetts.’
      • ‘Young Pawnee warriors proudly stole horses and scalps from their enemies, the Sioux.’
      • ‘After the Indians killed soldiers, they would take their scalps as trophies.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]historical
  • 1 Take the scalp of (an enemy)

    • ‘Jesse James, who used to scalp his victims, seems to prove the point.’
    • ‘Where almost all the bodies of the Cavalry soldiers had been scalped the bodies of Keogh and Custer were not harmed apart from their battle wounds.’
    • ‘Historians Hippocrates and Herodotus thought that the Amazons had to fight until they had scalped three enemies before they were permitted to mate.’
    • ‘This squares with the team song, which goes on about scalping the enemy and other warrior skills, befitting for a game of violence, which football clearly is (I speak as a fan).’
    • ‘Many of the hapless victims were mutilated; some were scalped, young men were castrated and some bodies were carved with the sign of the cross.’
    • ‘Incredibly, the killer appears to be emulating an American Indian warrior, scalping his victims, after murdering them with an axe.’
    1. 1.1informal Punish severely.
      ‘if I ever heard anybody doing that, I'd scalp them’
      • ‘I would like feedback on this new project I'm working on though, without posting it preferably, because I have a feeling I'd be scalped for starting something new when I'm working on this.’
      • ‘He carefully moved aside papers; he knew if he messed up his mother's work she'd scalp him.’
    2. 1.2North American informal Sell (a ticket) for a popular event at a price higher than the official one.
      ‘tickets were scalped for forty times their face value’
      • ‘Tickets were being scalped for $200, and commemorative pins were sold to mark the occasion.’
      • ‘Last spring, fans scalped tickets at Boston-New York spring training games!’
      • ‘The Chicago Cubs scalp their own tickets (and apparently it's legal).’
      • ‘Kara told me to suck it up and go and scalp your ticket.’
      • ‘People have been scalping tickets for her shows at Carnegie Hall - now that is hitting the big time for the pianist-singer from Nanaimo!’
      • ‘Bobby began his working life scalping tickets to Boston Celtics games and ended up buying the hallowed parquet floor of the Boston Garden before it was torn down.’
      • ‘He said this process to access tickets is normal for international games for all World Cups - be they cricket or football - so that all fans have an opportunity to access tickets and to avoid scalping.’
      • ‘We scalped two tickets and had a decent hummus dinner for about $20 each.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting the skull or cranium): probably of Scandinavian origin.

Pronunciation:

scalp

/skalp/