dandruff

[ dan-druh f ]
/ ˈdæn drəf /

noun

a seborrheic scurf that forms on the scalp and comes off in small scales.

RELATED WORDS

Also dan·driff [dan-drif] /ˈdæn drɪf/.

Origin of dandruff

First recorded in 1535–45; origin uncertain
Related formsdan·druff·y, dan·driff·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dandruff

dandruff

/ (ˈdændrəf) /

noun

loose scales of dry dead skin shed from the scalpAlso called (now rarely): dandriff
Derived Formsdandruffy, adjective

Word Origin for dandruff

C16: dand-, of unknown origin + -ruff, probably from Middle English roufe scab, from Old Norse hrūfa
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Word Origin and History for dandruff

dandruff


n.

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."

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Medicine definitions for dandruff

dandruff

[ dăndrəf ]

n.

A scaly scurf formed on and shed from the scalp.
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