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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.
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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Origin of scarf

First recorded in 1545–55; of uncertain origin; perhaps special use of scarf3


scarfless, adjectivescarflike, adjective

Other definitions for scarf (2 of 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

An Americanism dating to 1955–60; variant of scoff2, probably a respelling by r-less speakers

Other definitions for scarf (3 of 3)

[ 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

First recorded in 1490–1500; probably from Old Norse skarfr (derivative of skera “to cut”) “beveled edge, end cut from a beam” (hence perhaps “a piece of cloth cut off, a scarf”; see scarf1)


scarfer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for scarf (1 of 2)

/ (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)

/ (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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