Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A scaly scurf formed on and shed from the scalp, sometimes caused by seborrhea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Scaly white dead skin flakes from the human scalp; Pityriasis capitis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A scurf which forms on the head, and comes off in small scales or particles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a condition in which white scales of dead skin are shed by the scalp
  • n. loose scales shed from the scalp

Etymologies

dand-, of unknown origin + dialectal hurf, scurf (from Old Norse hrufa, crust, scab).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The word is first attested in 1545; the first element is obscure, the second element derives from Northumbrian or E. Anglian dialect huff, hurf ("scab"), from Old Norse hrufa, from Proto-Germanic *hreubaz, *hreufaz (“rough, scabby”), source of Old English hrēofla ("leprosy, leper"). More at reef. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Mrs. Woodruff was called dandruff, and Miss Tidy was called Untidy because she was.

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  • Remember that bout of mysterious "dandruff" you had where you had to go to the dermatologist and even he couldn't figure out what was wrong?

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  • In fact, the word "dandruff" barely did it justice.

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  • The powder builds up in the backing until it becomes a kind of dandruff that wet-cleaning makes worse, since moisture causes it to stick to the yarns.

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  • A method of removing dandruff which is highly recommended is that of rubbing olive oil into the scalp and later of removing this with a cleansing shampoo.

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  • I can’t help but think my dandruff is the result of Bush's War on Iraq. posted by jann wenner at July 26, 2005 2: 14 pm

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  • When the flaky skin loosens, it leaves the telltale "dandruff" flakes.

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