Meaning of dandruff in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdandrʌf/

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mass noun
  • Small pieces of dead skin in a person's hair.

    ‘there was a certain amount of dandruff on the shirt’
    • ‘How conscious people have become about skin and acne and about hair and dandruff.’
    • ‘Her greasy brown hair was held back in pigtails flaked with dandruff, and congealed hair grease.’
    • ‘Nits stick to the hair while things like dandruff and dried hairspray flakes can be blown away.’
    • ‘Just distinguishing between nits and flakes of dandruff is difficult, especially on blond hair.’
    • ‘Don't confuse dandruff with dry hair even though men with dandruff often have dry scalp.’
    • ‘Dry dandruff appears silvery and white while greasy flakes appear pale yellowish and may have an unpleasant smell.’
    • ‘If you find dandruff still a problem, rosemary or nutmeg oils massaged into the scalp can be effectively used to control this condition.’
    • ‘It came to pass of late, that my jacket lapels were showing some spots of dandruff, a minor ailment that even the Pharaohs had to cope with.’
    • ‘And I know this shampoo is good because I have used it and it really does remove dandruff.’
    • ‘A small amount of the warmed oil can be used to treat dry scalp dandruff.’
    • ‘Use the dandruff shampoo every day until your dandruff goes away.’
    • ‘The problem that appears to be dandruff could be psoriasis or a more severe form of dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis.’
    • ‘Scalp seborrhea varies from mild dandruff to dense, diffuse, adherent scale.’


Mid 16th century the first element is unknown; the second (-ruff) is perhaps related to Middle English rove ‘quality of being scurfy’.