[ 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, adjectiveskull-like, adjective

Can be confused

scull skull Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for skull


/ (skʌl) /


the bony skeleton of the head of vertebratesSee cranium Related adjective: cranial
often derogatory the head regarded as the mind or intelligenceto have a dense skull
a picture of a skull used to represent death or danger

Word Origin for skull

C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse skoltr, Norwegian skult, Swedish dialect skulle
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Medicine definitions for 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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Science definitions for skull


[ skŭl ]

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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