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[skuhl] /skʌl/
the bony framework of the head, enclosing the brain and supporting the face; the skeleton of the head.
the head as the center of knowledge and understanding; mind:
to get literature's great ideas through our skulls.
Armor. the part of a helmet that covers the top of the head.
out of one's skull, Slang. crazy; demented.
Origin of skull
1175-1225; Middle English scolle < Old Norse skalli
Related forms
skull-less, adjective
skull-like, adjective
Can be confused
scull, skull. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for skull
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  • Pericles was usually represented with a helmet, to cover the deformity in his skull.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • But the man had been only stunned by a bullet that plowed its way across the top of his skull.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Up goes the black flag, and the skull and crossbones to the fore.

  • "I've a good mind to break that chap's skull," he said to himself as he turned away.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • With his own hands he uncovered the bones and skull of some brave warrior.

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
British Dictionary definitions for skull


the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates See cranium related adjective cranial
(often derogatory) the head regarded as the mind or intelligence: to have a dense skull
a picture of a skull used to represent death or danger
Word Origin
C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse skoltr, Norwegian skult, Swedish dialect skulle
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Word Origin and History for skull

"bony framework of the head," c.1200, probably from Old Norse skalli "a bald head, skull," a general Scandinavian word (cf. Swedish skulle, Norwegian skult), probably related to Old English scealu "husk" (see shell (n.)). But early prominence in southwestern texts suggests rather origin from a Dutch or Low German cognate (e.g. Dutch schol "turf, piece of ice," but the sense of "head bone framework" is wanting). Derivation from Old French escuelle seems unlikely on grounds of sound and sense. Old English words for skull include heafod-bolla.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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skull in Medicine

skull (skŭl)
The bony or cartilaginous framework of the head, made up of the bones of the braincase and face; cranium.

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skull in Science
The part of the skeleton that forms the framework of the head, consisting of the bones of the cranium, which protect the brain, and the bones of the face. See more at skeleton.
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Slang definitions & phrases for skull



Fellatio; blow job (1970s+ Homosexuals)

Related Terms

go out of one's skull, out of one's head

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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