from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An instrument of surgery, used in scraping foul and carious bones; a raspatory.
  • noun One who scalps, or takes a scalp.
  • noun In milling, a machine or apparatus for scalping.
  • noun One who sells at less than official or recognized rates; specifically, a dealer in railway and other tickets who shares his commission with his customer, or who purchases unused tickets and coupons at cheap rates, and sells them at a slight advance, but for less than the official price; a ticket-broker.
  • noun A heavy, compressed leather boot shaped to cover the forward portion of the cornet.
  • noun In lumbering. See rosser.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, scalps.
  • noun (Surg.) Same as Scalping iron, under Scalping.
  • noun Cant A broker who, dealing on his own account, tries to get a small and quick profit from slight fluctuations of the market.
  • noun Cant A person who buys and sells the unused parts of railroad tickets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US One who scalps tickets to popular entertainment events: buying them in advance and then selling them (e.g. online or just outside the venue of the event), often at inflated prices
  • noun finance A person on an open outcry exchange trading floor who buys and sells rapidly for his or her own account, aiming to buy from a seller and a little later sell to a buyer, making a small profit from the difference (roughly the amount of the bid/offer spread, or less).

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

  • noun someone who buys something and resells it at a price far above the initial cost


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