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[dan-druh f] /ˈdæn drəf/
a seborrheic scurf that forms on the scalp and comes off in small scales.
Also, dandriff
[dan-drif] /ˈdæn drɪf/ (Show IPA)
Origin of dandruff
First recorded in 1535-45; origin uncertain
Related forms
dandruffy, dandriffy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dandruff
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  • They have a good deal of dander (dandruff) for sich little vipers!

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
  • Nothing is better for cleansing the hair from dust and dandruff.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • Slim Pickens has received through the mails a bottle of dandruff cure, and he is taking two teaspoonfuls after each meal.

  • His reddish-brown hair was free of dandruff, his blue eyes clear.

    The Eye of Wilbur Mook H. B. Hickey
  • dandruff may cause a loss of hair; if it does, the hairs come out clean, while in ringworm they break off near the scalp.

  • 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
  • He was well dressed but the lapels of his coat were dirty with ashes, and its collar was strewn with dandruff.

    Woman Triumphant Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • He looked more the fashionable club man than ever, though he did have a slight sprinkling of dandruff on his coat collar.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • 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
  • "No more fuzzy hair for me, no red tie, no dandruff," he had said on his return from Paris.

    Money Magic Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for dandruff


loose scales of dry dead skin shed from the scalp Also called (now rarely) dandriff
Derived Forms
dandruffy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: dand-, of unknown origin + -ruff, probably from Middle English roufe scab, from Old Norse hrūfa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dandruff in Medicine

dandruff dan·druff (dān'drəf)
A scaly scurf formed on and shed from the scalp.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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