Definition of scalp in English:

scalp

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noun

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

    • ‘hair tonics will improve the condition of your hair and scalp’
    1. 1.1 historical The scalp with the hair belonging to it, cut or torn away from an enemy's head as a battle trophy (a practice associated with some North American Indian peoples).
  • 2Scottish A bare rock projecting above surrounding water or vegetation.

Pronunciation

scalp

/skalp/ /skælp/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1 historical Take the scalp of (an enemy) as a battle trophy.

    • ‘none of the soldiers were scalped’
    1. 1.1 informal Punish severely.
      • ‘if I ever heard anybody doing that I'd scalp them’
      penalize, discipline, mete out punishment to, bring someone to book, teach someone a lesson, make an example of
  • 2North American informal Resell (shares or tickets) at a large or quick profit.

    • ‘tickets were scalped for forty times their face value’

Pronunciation

scalp

/skalp/ /skælp/

Origin

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