General English


  • noun a bald person or someone with close-cropped hair. (Chrome-dome is a more recent synonym.).
  • noun a member of a working-class youth cult originating in the late 1960s. The skinheads (the term was applied scornfully by longer-haired contemporaries, particularly hippies) mutated from the mods and ‘tickets’ of the mid-1960s. They dressed in a functional uniform of American shirts, jeans and, often, bovver-boots and espoused soul music and gang violence.