- little scales or flakes of dead skin formed on the scalp
- a condition of the scalp in which such scales are formed
Origin of dandruff; from earlier dandro, dander ( ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ) + dialect, dialectal hurf, scab ; from Old Norse hrufa: see graupel
Origin of dandruffdand-, of unknown origin + dialectal hurf, scurf (from Old Norse hrufa, crust, scab).
- Scaly white dead skin flakes from the human scalp; Pityriasis capitis.
- Dandruff is on my collar again.
The word is first attested in 1545; the first element is obscure, the second element derives from a Northumbrian or East Anglian term huff, hurf (“scab”), from Old Norse hrufa, from Proto-Germanic *hreubaz, *hreufaz (“rough, scabby”), source of Old English hrēofla (“leprosy, leper”). More at reef.