- the integument of the upper part of the head, usually including the associated subcutaneous structures.
- a part of this integument with the accompanying hair, severed from the head of an enemy as a sign of victory, as by some North American Indians and others during the colonial and frontier periods in the U.S.
- any token of victory.
- the integument on the top of the head of an animal.
- Informal. a small profit made in quick buying and selling.
- to cut or tear the scalp from.
- to resell (tickets, merchandise, etc.) at higher than the official rates.
- to buy and sell (stocks) so as to make small quick profits.
- to plane down the surfaces of (an ingot, billet, or slab).
- Informal. to scalp tickets, stocks, or the like.
Origin of scalp
Examples from the Web for scalping
“The first way to reduce the volume of scalping is to keep the tickets out of the hands of scalpers,” he said.
Finding the true culprit for the epidemic of scalping in the digital age is a little like figuring out who killed Davey Moore.
And sometimes those promoters and artists are themselves the ones doing the turning around and scalping.
"Yes, scalping must be most interesting," murmured Chrysophrasia, with an air of conviction.Paul Patoff
F. Marion Crawford
Next to scalping, it is the greatest feat of the Indian warrior.Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)
James Athearn Jones
Their pursuers now dismounted with the intention of scalping them.The Scalp Hunters
You cannot keep him alive for ever killing and scalping him.The Buffalo Runners
What could be in poorer taste than scalping a man between the soup and the remove?
- a process in which the top portion of a metal ingot is machined away before use, thus removing the layer containing defects and impurities
- anatomy the skin and subcutaneous tissue covering the top of the head
- (among North American Indians) a part of this removed as a trophy from a slain enemy
- a trophy or token signifying conquest
- hunting, mainly US a piece of hide cut from the head of a victim as a trophy or as proof of killing in order to collect a bounty
- informal, mainly US a small speculative profit taken in quick transactions
- Scot dialect a projection of bare rock from vegetation
- to cut the scalp from
- informal, mainly US to purchase and resell (securities) quickly so as to make several small profits
- informal to buy (tickets) cheaply and resell at an inflated price
Word Origin and History for scalping
mid-14c., "top of the head (including hair)," presumably from a Scandinavian source (though exact cognates are wanting) related to Old Norse skalli "a bald head," skalpr "sheath, scabbard,"from the source of scale (n.1). French scalpe, German, Danish, Swedish skalp are from English. Meaning "head skin and hair as proof of death or a victory trophy" is from c.1600.
"to cut off (someone's) scalp," 1670s, from scalp (n.), originally in reference to North American Indians. For ticket re-selling sense, see scalper. Related: Scalped; scalping. Cf. German skalpern, Danish skalpere, Swedish skalpera. French scalper is from Germanic. Similarity to Latin scalpere "to cut, carve" is accidental.
- The skin covering the top of the head.