Scalp Definition

skălp
scalped, scalping, scalps
noun
The skin on the top and back of the head, usually covered with hair.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
The skin on the top of the head of a dog, wolf, etc.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
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verb
To cut or tear the scalp from.
Webster's New World
To scalp bonds, tickets, etc.
Webster's New World
To deprive of top growth or a top layer.
Land scalped by strip miners.
American Heritage
To cheat or rob.
Webster's New World
To defeat decisively.
Webster's New World
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other
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.
Webster's New World Finance
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).
Webster's New World Finance
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.
Webster's New World Finance

Other Word Forms of Scalp

Noun

Singular:
scalp
Plural:
scalps

Origin of Scalp

  • Originally a northern word, and therefore presumed to come from a Scandinavian source, although the sense-development is unclear; compare Old Norse skálpr (“sheath"), Middle Dutch schelpe (“shell").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English top of the head of Scandinavian origin skel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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