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scarf

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[ skahrf ]
/ skɑrf /
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noun, plural scarfs, scarves [skahrvz] /skɑrvz/.

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.

verb (used with object)

to cover or wrap with or as if with a scarf.
to use in the manner of a scarf.

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RELATED WORDS

shawl, stole, bandanna, kerchief, ascot, neckwear, wrapping, boa

Nearby words

scaredy-cat, scarehead, scaremonger, scaremongering, scareware, scarf, scarf cloud, scarf joint, scarfe, scarfpin, scarfskin

Origin of scarf

1
First recorded in 1545–55; perhaps special use of scarf2
Related formsscarf·less, adjectivescarf·like, adjective

Definition for scarf (2 of 3)

scarf

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[ skahrf ]
/ skɑrf /

noun, plural scarfs.

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.

verb (used with object)

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).

Origin of scarf

2
1490–1500; < Old Norse skarfr (derivative of skera to cut) end cut from a beam (hence perhaps a piece of cloth cut off, i.e., scarf1); compare Swedish skarv patch
Related formsscarf·er, noun

Definition for scarf (3 of 3)

scarf

3
[ skahrf ]
/ skɑrf /

verb (used with or without object) Slang.

to eat, especially voraciously (often followed by down or up): to scarf down junk food.

Origin of scarf

3
1955–60, Americanism; variant of scoff2, with r inserted probably through r-dialect speakers' mistaking the underlying vowel as an r-less ar
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British Dictionary definitions for scarf (1 of 2)

scarf

1
/ (skɑːf) /

noun plural scarves (skɑːvz) or scarfs

a rectangular, triangular, or long narrow piece of cloth worn around the head, neck, or shoulders for warmth or decoration

verb (tr) rare

to wrap with or as if with a scarf
to use as or in the manner of a scarf

Word Origin for scarf

C16: of uncertain origin; compare Old Norman French escarpe, Medieval Latin scrippum pilgrim's pack; see scrip ²

British Dictionary definitions for scarf (2 of 2)

scarf

2
/ (skɑːf) /

noun plural scarfs

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

verb (tr)

Word Origin for scarf

C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian skarv, Swedish skarf, Low German, Dutch scherf scarf 1
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