- The skull is the set of bones of the head including the jaw, or an image of the bones of the head.
An example of a skull is a popular Halloween decoration to scare people.
- the entire bony or cartilaginous framework of the head of a vertebrate, enclosing and protecting the brain and sense organs, including the bones of the face and jaw
- the human head regarded as the seat of thought or intelligence: usually with derogatory implication: a thick skull, an empty skull
Origin of skullMiddle English scolle ; from Scandinavian as in Swedish skulle, skull, akin to scale, shell
- to hit on the head
- to hit the top of (a golf ball) causing it to go too far
out of one's skull
- The bony or cartilaginous framework that encloses and protects the brain and sense organs of all vertebrates and of one group of nonvertebrates (the hagfishes); cranium.
- Informal The head, regarded as the seat of thought or intelligence: Use your skull and solve the problem.
- A death's-head.
Origin of skullMiddle English sculle, probably of Scandinavian origin.
(third-person singular simple present skulls, present participle skulling, simple past and past participle skulled)
- To hit in the head with a fist, a weapon, or a thrown object.
- 1601, Philemon Holland (translat), Pliny the Elder (auth), The Historie of the World. Commonly called, The Natvrall Historie of C. Plinivs Secvndvs., book IX, chapter xv: “Of the names and natures of many fishes.”:
- These fishs, togither with the old Tunies and the young, called Pelamides, enter in great flotes and skulls, into the sea Pontus, for the sweet food that they there find: and every companie of them hath their fever all leaders and captaines; and before them all, the Maquerels lead the way; which, while they be in the water, have a colour of brimstone; but without, like they be to the rest.
See school (“a multitude”).