dandruff

\ \ [16] The word dandruff (or dandriff, as it commonly used to be) first appears, out of the blue, in the mid 16th century, with no known relatives. Its first element, dand-, remains utterly obscure, but the second part may have been borrowed from Old Norse hrufa or Middle Low German rōve, both meaning ‘scab’ (Middle English had a word roufescab, scurf’, and modern Dutch has roof).

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

Synonyms:
(on the head)


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  • Dandruff — (d[a^]n dr[u^]f), n. [Prob. from W. toncrust, peel, skin + AS. dr[=o]f dirty, draffy, or W. drwg bad: cf. AS. tan a letter, an eruption. [root]240.] A scurf which forms on the head, and comes off in small scales or particles. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dandruff — (n.) 1540s, first element obscure, second element is Northumbrian or E. Anglian dialectal huff, hurf scab, from O.N. hrufa, from P.Gmc. *hreufaz, source of O.E. hreofla leper …   Etymology dictionary

  • dandruff — [n] scurf flakes, seborrhea; concept 831 …   New thesaurus

  • dandruff — ► NOUN ▪ flakes of dead skin on a person s scalp and in the hair. ORIGIN origin uncertain …   English terms dictionary

  • dandruff — [dan′drəf] n. [< earlier dandro, dander ( < ?) + dial. hurf, scab < ON hrufa: see GRAUPEL] 1. little scales or flakes of dead skin formed on the scalp 2. a condition of the scalp in which such scales are formed dandruffy adj …   English World dictionary

  • Dandruff — For the album by Ivor Cutler, see Dandruff (album). Dandruff Classification and external resources A microscopic image of human dandruff ICD 9 …   Wikipedia

  • Dandruff — A mild skin condition that produces white flakes that may be shed and fall from the hair. Dandruff is due to the sebaceous glands overworking. (The sebaceous glands keep the skin properly oiled.) Another cause of dandruff is fungus, especially… …   Medical dictionary

  • dandruff — [[t]dæ̱ndrʌf[/t]] N UNCOUNT Dandruff is small white pieces of dead skin in someone s hair, or fallen from someone s hair. He has very bad dandruff …   English dictionary

  • dandruff — dandruffy, dandriffy, adj. /dan dreuhf/, n. a seborrheic scurf that forms on the scalp and comes off in small scales. Also, dandriff /dan drif/. [1535 45; orig. uncert.] * * * Skin disorder of the scalp, a mild form of dermatitis. It affects most …   Universalium

  • dandruff — noun Scaly white dead skin flakes from the human scalp; Pityriasis capitis. Dandruff is on my collar again …   Wiktionary

  • dandruff — noun Dandruff is used before these nouns: ↑shampoo …   Collocations dictionary

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