- the skin on the top and back of the head, usually covered with hair
- a part of this, cut or torn from the head of an enemy for a trophy, as formerly by certain North American Indians, frontiersmen, etc.
- a symbol, indication, or recognition of victory, prowess, etc.
- the skin on the top of the head of a dog, wolf, etc.
- Informal a small profit made by scalping
Origin of scalpMiddle English from Scand, as in Danish dialect, dialectal skalp, pod, shell, Old Norse skalpr, sheath from Indo-European an unverified form skelb-, extension of base an unverified form (s)kel- from source scale
- to cut or tear the scalp from
- to cheat or rob
- to defeat decisively
- Informal to buy and sell in order to make small, quick profits
- Informal to resell (tickets to the theater, a sports event, etc.) at a price higher than the regular price
- The skin covering the top of the human head.
- A portion of this skin with its attached hair, cut from a body especially as a battle trophy or as proof in claiming a bounty.
- A piece of hide from the skull of certain animals, such as the fox, shown as proof of killing in order to collect a bounty.
verbscalped, scalp·ing, scalps
- To cut or tear the scalp from.
- To deprive of top growth or a top layer: land scalped by strip miners.
- To resell at a price higher than the established value: scalping tickets to the baseball game.
- To buy and sell (securities or commodities) in order to make small quick profits.
- To engage in the reselling of something, such as tickets, at a price higher than the established value.
- To buy and sell securities or commodities for small quick profits.
Origin of scalpMiddle English top of the head of Scandinavian origin ; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- (now dialectal) The top of the head; the skull.
- The part of the head where the hair grows from, or used to grow from.
- A part of the skin of the head, with the hair attached, formerly cut or torn off from an enemy by Native American warriors as a token of victory.
- Some tribes used to collect scalps to prove how many of the enemy they had killed in battle.
- A victory.
- (Scotland) A bed or stratum of shellfish; a scaup.
- (figuratively) The top; the summit.
(third-person singular simple present scalps, present participle scalping, simple past and past participle scalped)
- To remove the scalp (part of the head from where the hair grows), by brutal act or accident.
- (slang) To resell, especially tickets, usually for an inflated price, often illegally.
- To screen or sieve ore before further processing
- scalped ore
- (surgery) To remove the skin of.
- (milling) To brush the hairs or fuzz from (wheat grains, etc.) in the process of high milling.
Originally a northern word, and therefore presumed to come from a Scandinavian source, although the sense-development is unclear; compare Old Norse skÃ¡lpr (“sheath"), Middle Dutch schelpe (“shell").
scalp - Investment & Finance Definition
- In the futures industry, trading for small gains. It normally involves establishing and selling a position very quickly, often within minutes or hours on the same day.
- In the securities industry, the undisclosed selling of a security by a person or entity such as an investment adviser, securities research analyst, or financial newsletter writer who is simultaneously recommending that the security be bought.
- The actions of market maker who adds an excessive markup to a trade transaction, in violation of the Rules of Fair Practice of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD).