scalp Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “scalp” in the English Dictionary

"scalp" in British English

See all translations

scalpnoun [C]

uk   us   /skælp/
  • scalp noun [C] (TOP OF HEAD)

the ​skin on the ​top of a person's ​head where ​hair usually ​grows: a ​dry/​oily/​itchy scalp Some ​tribes used to ​collect scalps to ​prove how many of the ​enemy they had ​killed in ​battle.
  • scalp noun [C] (DEFEATED PERSON)

mainly UK someone you ​defeat in a ​competition or ​election: Although they are ​expected to take some ​important scalps in the ​election, they are ​unlikely to ​form the next ​government.

scalpverb [T]

uk   us   /skælp/
  • scalp verb [T] (SELL)

US informal (UK tout) to ​buy things, such as ​theatretickets, at the ​usualprices and then ​sell them, when they are ​difficult to get, at much ​higherprices
  • scalp verb [T] (HEAD)

to ​cut off the scalp of a ​deadenemy humorous to ​cut someone's ​hair very ​short
(Definition of scalp from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scalp" in American English

See all translations

scalpnoun [C]

 us   /skælp/
  • scalp noun [C] (HEAD)

the ​skin on the ​top of the ​head where the ​hairgrows: His ​hair was ​cut so ​short you could ​see his scalp.

scalpverb [T]

 us   /skælp/
  • scalp verb [T] (CUT)

to ​cut the ​hair and ​skin off someone’s ​head
  • scalp verb [T] (SELL)

to ​sellticketsincreasedprices without ​officialpermission
(Definition of scalp from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"scalp" in Business English

See all translations

scalpnoun [C]

uk   us   /skælp/ informal
someone you defeat: take a scalp They are expected to take some important scalps in the ​election.
be out for/after sb's scalp to want to defeat or punish someone in some way, especially to make them ​lose their ​job: The other Democrats should be after his scalp.

scalpverb [T]

uk   us   /skælp/
US COMMERCE to ​buy things, such as theatre ​tickets, at the usual ​price and then ​sell them when they are difficult to get at much ​higherprices: He made a lot of ​money scalping ​tickets for the popular musical show.
FINANCE to ​buysmallquantities of ​shares, ​bonds, etc. and then ​sell them quickly in ​order to make a ​smallprofit: They are ​trying to make ​incrementalprofits by scalping ​shares.
(Definition of scalp from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of scalp?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“scalp” in American English

“scalp” in Business English

Word of the Day

hipster

someone who is very influenced by the most recent ideas and fashions

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

awesomesauce noun
awesomesauce noun
February 01, 2016
slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

Read More