- a plural of scarf1.
- 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
Examples from the Web for scarves
Contemporary Examples of scarves
Stairways painted blue connect covered walkways stuffed with small stores selling jewelry, scarves, and ornate pottery.Morocco's Secret All-Blue City
August 28, 2014
Many of the demonstrators covered their faces with Palestinian scarves or balaclavas.ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe
Nadette De Visser
July 28, 2014
The café can sit about 20 people, has a cozy atmosphere, beautiful paintings and hangers for scarves and manteaux.Tehran’s Underground Speakeasies
June 15, 2014
Their blue jumpsuits are stained with grease, and their hair is expertly wrapped in scarves to keep it out of their way.Victims No More: Congo’s Badass Women Mechanics
June 6, 2014
Hermes helped us for her scarves, as well as Kelly handbag archives.The Only Thing That Sparkles in ‘Grace of Monaco’…the Jewels
May 16, 2014
Historical Examples of scarves
Scarves or neckties we have none, nor any substitute or apology for them.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
You will take account of the rate of work, the lightness of the scarves, and their warmth.A Tangled Tale
But perhaps you would like better one of those other scarves?The Rescue
The arrangement of the scarves and draperies is essentially “Greuze.”Greuze
Alys Eyre Macklin
Stoles, as distinguished from the scarves of chaplains, have no legal authority.The Legal Position of the Clergy
P. V. Smith
- a plural of scarf 1
- 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
Word Origin and History for scarves
"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.