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.
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.
- scarfless, adjective
- scarflike, adjective
Other definitions for scarf (2 of 3)
to eat, especially voraciously (often followed by down or up): to scarf down junk food.
Other definitions for scarf (3 of 3)
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).
- Also scarph (for defs. 1, 3, 4) .
- scarfer, noun
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How to use scarf in a sentence
Perfume bottles stand next to bright scarves, her jewelry box and the urn with her ashes — all sitting on an antique table that belonged to her parents.Tiffany Shackelford, 46, was known as a unique, fun ‘force’ to friends, family | Dana Hedgpeth | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Traditionally known as Keffiyeh, Kufiya, Hatta or Shemagh scarf, it is offered in many different colorways.Stylish and sophisticated scarves that everyone will love | PopSci Commerce Team | January 13, 2021 | Popular-Science
When it comes to accessories, scarves are an extremely practical and versatile item.Stylish and sophisticated scarves that everyone will love | PopSci Commerce Team | January 13, 2021 | Popular-Science
The conversation-starter silk scarf also comes with Napier’s beloved facial cleansing wipes.
The company also sells solid, printed, and scarf masks, and you can mix and match if you’re buying more than one.
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 | IranWire | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Ben Jacobs | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Every day before leaving home, Sara stands before the mirror and tightens the knot on her scarf.
At least Jake Gyllenhaal shaved off his grotesque face scarf this year.Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point | Tim Teeman | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Web users from across Iran gave their opinions, not of her work, but of her scarf.Iranian Math Genius Mirzakhani Unveiled by President Rouhani | IranWire | August 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She had laid aside the white shawl, but wore a red Indian scarf over her black gown.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Lamb could visualize him putting his coat on a hanger, carefully folding a scarf over it.
He thought her a charming picture in her long white coat, with a lace scarf over her head, and her arms full of costly toys.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
In the dance in Scene VI she used a long black gauze scarf and a white one.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays | Various
She did so, and bound the Vizier's arms with a scarf, which so amused the Wazir that he laughed loud and long.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays | Various
British Dictionary definitions for scarf (1 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for scarf (2 of 2)
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)
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