- a long, broad strip of wool, silk, lace, or other material worn about the neck, shoulders, or head, for ornament or protection against cold, drafts, etc.; muffler.
- a necktie or cravat with hanging ends.
- a long cover or ornamental cloth for a bureau, table, etc.
- to cover or wrap with or as if with a scarf.
- to use in the manner of a scarf.
Origin of scarf1
- a tapered or otherwise-formed end on each of the pieces to be assembled with a scarf joint.
- Whaling. a strip of skin along the body of the whale.
- to assemble with a scarf joint.
- to form a scarf on (the end of a timber).
- Steelmaking. to burn away the surface defects of (newly rolled steel).
- Whaling. to make a groove in and remove (the blubber and skin).
Origin of scarf2
- to eat, especially voraciously (often followed by down or up): to scarf down junk food.
Origin of scarf3
Examples from the Web for scarf
Contemporary Examples of scarf
Even for Arabic dance no one wears a long dress, just a scarf around the hips.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
The scarf was accompanied by a framed painting of Tanzanian birds and is valued at $595.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs
November 11, 2014
Every day before leaving home, Sara stands before the mirror and tightens the knot on her scarf.Acid Attacks on Women Spread Terror in Iran
October 18, 2014
Web users from across Iran gave their opinions, not of her work, but of her scarf.Iranian Math Genius Mirzakhani Unveiled by President Rouhani
August 18, 2014
The fringes of the scarf lead to a collection of kitsch photos colored in purple dye.Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s Iconic Textile—the Rebozo
June 16, 2014
Historical Examples of scarf
Sophy, you will tear Miss Cameron's scarf to pieces; do be quiet, child.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Panting, she undid the scarf and flooded the room with light.
Slowly she untied the scarf from the door and placed it in her handbag.
Will you have my cap or my scarf in which to wrap your feet and warm them?
The front door was still open, and on the mat lay Barbara's scarf.The Education of Eric Lane
- a rectangular, triangular, or long narrow piece of cloth worn around the head, neck, or shoulders for warmth or decoration
- to wrap with or as if with a scarf
- to use as or in the manner of a scarf
Word Origin for scarf
- Also called: scarf joint, scarfed joint a lapped joint between two pieces of timber made by notching or grooving the ends and strapping, bolting, or gluing the two pieces together
- the end of a piece of timber shaped to form such a joint
- NZ a wedge-shaped cut made in a tree before felling, to determine the direction of the fall
- whaling an incision made along a whale's body before stripping off the blubber
- to join (two pieces of timber) by means of a scarf
- to make a scarf on (a piece of timber)
- to cut a scarf in (a whale)
Word Origin for scarf
"band of silk, strip of cloth," 1550s, "a band worn across the body or over the shoulders," probably from Old North French escarpe "sash, sling," which probably is identical with Old French escherpe "pilgrim's purse suspended from the neck," perhaps from Frankish *skirpja or some other Germanic source (cf. Old Norse skreppa "small bag, wallet, satchel"), or from Medieval Latin scirpa "little bag woven of rushes," from Latin scirpus "rush, bulrush," of unknown origin [Klein]. As a cold-weather covering for the neck, first recorded 1844. Plural scarfs began to yield to scarves early 18c., on model of half/halves, etc.
"connecting joint," late 13c., probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skarfr "nail for fastening a joint," Swedish skarf, Norwegian skarv). A general North Sea Germanic ship-building word (cf. Dutch scherf), the exact relationship of all these is unclear. Also borrowed into Romanic (cf. French écart, Spanish escarba); perhaps ultimately from Proto-Germanic *skarfaz (cf. Old English sceorfan "to gnaw, bite"), from PIE *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)). Also used as a verb.
"eat hastily," 1960, U.S. teen slang, originally a noun meaning "food, meal" (1932), perhaps imitative, or from scoff (attested in a similar sense from 1846). Or perhaps from a dialectal survival of Old English sceorfan "to gnaw, bite" (see scarf (n.2)); a similar word is found in a South African context in the 1600s. Related: Scarfed; scarfing.