Pronunciation Noun

scalp (plural scalps)

  1. (now dialectal) The top of the head; the skull.
    Synonyms: skull
  2. The part of the head where the hair grows from, or used to grow from.
    • c. 1590, William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona
      By the bare scalpe of Robin Hoods fat Fryer, / This fellow were a King, for our wilde faction.
    • 2014, Kaitlin Newman in Baltimore Sun, Five years after beating, Ryan Diviney’s family holds out hope ↗
      The original titanium mesh plate that was inserted in the summer of 2010 was removed last June since it was causing his scalp to break down.
  3. (historical) A part of the skin of the head, with the hair attached, formerly cut or torn off from an enemy by warriors in some cultures as a token of victory.
    Some tribes used to collect scalps to prove how many of the enemy they had killed in battle.
  4. (heraldry) The skin of the head of a stag with the horns attached.
  5. (figuratively) A victory, especially at the expense of someone else.
  6. (Scotland) A bed or stratum of shellfish.
    Synonyms: scaup
  7. (figurative) The top; the summit.
    Synonyms: summit
  • German: Oberkopf
Translations Translations Verb

scalp (scalps, present participle scalping; past and past participle scalped)

  1. To remove the scalp (part of the head from where the hair grows), by brutal act or accident.
    • 2001, Peter Cozzens, Eyewitnesses to the Indian Wars, 1865-1890: Conquering the Southern Plains, Stackpole Books (ISBN 9780811700191), page 507:
      Next morning, the Indians attacked us and one of our hunters, George Huffman, was killed and scalped. As soon as Baldwin heard the shooting, he came to our assistance.
  2. (North America, slang) To resell, especially tickets, usually for an inflated price, often illegally.
    Synonyms: resell
    Tickets were being scalped for $300.
    • 2011, Linda E. Swayne, Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing, SAGE (ISBN 9781412973823), page 324:
      Tickets sold online through Craigslist, eBay, and other forums, where the purchaser cannot physically see them, run a greater risk of being counterfeit—but counterfeiters have been known to scalp tickets in person outside the venue as well, […]
  3. (finance) On an open outcry exchange trading floor, to buy and sell rapidly for one's own account, aiming to buy from a seller and a little later sell to a buyer, making a small profit from the difference (roughly the amount of the bid/offer spread, or less).
  4. To screen or sieve ore before further processing.
    Synonyms: sieve
    scalped ore
  5. (surgery) To remove the skin of.
    • J. S. Wells
      We must scalp the whole lid [of the eye].
  6. (transitive) To remove the grass from.
  7. (transitive) To destroy the political influence of.
  8. (milling) To brush the hairs or fuzz from (wheat grains, etc.) in the process of high milling.

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