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.’
    • ‘On examination we observed a healthy man with no other burns of the skin of the scalp, face or neck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The base should actually lay on the scalp and should not be spread or rubbed into the skin or scalp.’
    • ‘His brown shoulder length hair was thinning at the scalp and his skin seemed pale and sickly in garish torchlight.’
    • ‘Dandruff of the scalp and flaking skin in the auditory canals are also common.’
    • ‘Not only will you walk away with clean and clear skin and a massaged scalp, but you'll also learn proper shaving techniques.’
    • ‘Sometimes, this fungus can cause our scalps to shed skin cells too quickly.’
    • ‘Using his fingertips to tickle my skin and massage my scalp, he opened up my playful side within a few minutes.’
    • ‘The energy prickled across my skin, and by the funny feelings on my scalp, I was sure my hair was standing on end.’
    • ‘All the hairs on her arms stood straight out from her skin and her scalp tingled.’
    • ‘Have the temperature changes made your skin itchy and your scalp dry?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its natural foaming quality also makes it a gentle, moisturizing cleanser for skin, scalp and hair.’
    • ‘This is probably something to do with us having two to three thousand nerve endings in our scalp crying out for stimulation.’
    • ‘On physical examination, no clinically atypical or suspicious nevi were observed on the skin or scalp.’
    • ‘Brush her scalp thoroughly but gently, working out from the scalp to the ends of the hair.’
    • ‘It's normal for your scalp's skin cells to grow old, die and shed.’
    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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After the Indians killed soldiers, they would take their scalps as trophies.’

verb

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

    • ‘Historians Hippocrates and Herodotus thought that the Amazons had to fight until they had scalped three enemies before they were permitted to mate.’
    • ‘Jesse James, who used to scalp his victims, seems to prove the point.’
    • ‘Incredibly, the killer appears to be emulating an American Indian warrior, scalping his victims, after murdering them with an axe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    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.’
      penalize, discipline, mete out punishment to, bring someone to book, teach someone a lesson, make an example of
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    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’
      • ‘Last spring, fans scalped tickets at Boston-New York spring training games!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Chicago Cubs scalp their own tickets (and apparently it's legal).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tickets were being scalped for $200, and commemorative pins were sold to mark the occasion.’
      • ‘People have been scalping tickets for her shows at Carnegie Hall - now that is hitting the big time for the pianist-singer from Nanaimo!’
      • ‘We scalped two tickets and had a decent hummus dinner for about $20 each.’
      • ‘Kara told me to suck it up and go and scalp your ticket.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

scalp

/skalp/