- a seborrheic scurf that forms on the scalp and comes off in small scales.
Origin of dandruff
Examples from the Web for dandruff
Nothing is better for cleansing the hair from dust and dandruff.Housekeeping in Old Virginia
Marion Cabell Tyree
They have a good deal of dander (dandruff) for sich little vipers!Oak Openings
James Fenimore Cooper
His reddish-brown hair was free of dandruff, his blue eyes clear.The Eye of Wilbur Mook
H. B. Hickey
To be bald is no more than a genial jocosity, a harmless foible—but to have dandruff is almost as bad as to have beri-beri.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
When the hair is excessively oily or the scalp unusually crowded with dandruff, the weekly shampoo should not be neglected.The Woman Beautiful
Helen Follett Stevans
- loose scales of dry dead skin shed from the scalpAlso called (now rarely): dandriff
Word Origin and History for dandruff
1540s, first element obscure, second element is Northumbrian or East Anglian dialectal huff, hurf "scab," from Old Norse hrufa, from Proto-Germanic *hreufaz, source of Old English hreofla "leper."
- A scaly scurf formed on and shed from the scalp.