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noun Slang.
  1. a baldheaded man.
  2. a person with closely cropped hair or a shaved head.
  3. a marine recruit; boot.
  4. an antisocial person who affects a hairless head as a symbol of rebellion, racism, or anarchy.

Origin of skinhead

First recorded in 1955–60; skin + head Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a youth with closely cropped hair, esp a member of a subculture noted for short hair, heavy boots, and functional clothing, and commonly associated with aggressive behaviour and extreme, typically far-right, politics
  2. a closely cropped hairstyle
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Word Origin and History for skinhead

1969, in U.K. youth gang sense, from skin (n.) + head (n.). Earlier, in U.S., it meant "man with a crew cut" (1953), especially a military recruit.

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