[ skuhl ]
See synonyms for skull on
  1. the bony framework of the head, enclosing the brain and supporting the face; the skeleton of the head.

  2. the head as the center of knowledge and understanding; mind: to get literature's great ideas through our skulls.

  1. Armor. the part of a helmet that covers the top of the head.

Idioms about skull

  1. out of one's skull, Slang. crazy; demented.

Origin of skull

1175–1225; Middle English scolle<Old Norse skalli

Other words from skull

  • skull-less, adjective
  • skull-like, adjective

Words that may be confused with skull

Words Nearby skull Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use skull in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for skull


/ (skʌl) /

  1. the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates: See cranium Related adjective: cranial

  2. often derogatory the head regarded as the mind or intelligence: to have a dense skull

  1. a picture of a skull used to represent death or danger

Origin of skull

C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse skoltr, Norwegian skult, Swedish dialect skulle

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Scientific definitions for skull


[ skŭl ]

  1. 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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