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dandruff

Syllabification: dan·druff
Pronunciation: /ˈdandrəf
 
/

Definition of dandruff in English:

noun

Small pieces of dead skin in a person’s hair.
Example sentences
  • How conscious people have become about skin and acne and about hair and dandruff.
  • Her greasy brown hair was held back in pigtails flaked with dandruff, and congealed hair grease.
  • Nits stick to the hair while things like dandruff and dried hairspray flakes can be blown away.

Origin

mid 16th century: the first element is unknown; the second (-ruff) is perhaps related to Middle English rove 'scurfiness'.

More
  • The first element is unknown; the second (-ruff) is perhaps related to Middle English rove ‘scurfiness’.

Derivatives

dandruffy

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Ichthyosis is a malformation of the skin characterized by dryness, roughness, and thickening of the epidermis which is cast off in dandruffy to plate-like scales.
  • His fur, which was very dull and dandruffy, is now sleek and beautiful.
  • Early stages may be characterized by scratching, dandruffy skin, and discomfort.

Words that rhyme with dandruff

woodrufffeedstuff

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