[ dan-druhf ]
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  1. a seborrheic scurf that forms on the scalp and comes off in small scales.

Origin of dandruff

First recorded in 1535–45; origin uncertain
  • Also dan·driff [dan-drif]. /ˈdæn drɪf/.

Other words from dandruff

  • dan·druff·y, dan·driff·y, adjective

Words Nearby dandruff

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How to use dandruff in a sentence

  • Head & Shoulders is known as a leader behind shampoos to combat dandruff and dryness.

  • dandruff or milk crust which is often seen on young babies'334 scalps has been described in detail elsewhere.

    The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
  • 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
  • The dandruff which detaches from the skin within the escutcheon of the first order is yellowish or copperish color.

    Soil Culture | J. H. Walden
  • dandruff may cause a loss of hair; if it does, the hairs come out clean, while in ringworm they break off near the scalp.

  • I never fully enjoyed the taste of equine dandruff, and the eternal smell of manure irked me, especially at the table.

British Dictionary definitions for dandruff


/ (ˈdændrəf) /

  1. loose scales of dry dead skin shed from the scalp: Also called (now rarely): dandriff

Origin of dandruff

C16: dand-, of unknown origin + -ruff, probably from Middle English roufe scab, from Old Norse hrūfa

Derived forms of dandruff

  • dandruffy, adjective

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