Origin of kerfMiddle English from Old English cyrf (akin to Old Norse kurfr, a cutting, chip) from past participle base of ceorfan, to carve
- A groove or notch made by a cutting tool, such as a saw or an axe.
- The width of a groove made by a cutting tool.
Origin of kerfMiddle English from Old English cyrf a cutting ; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present kerfs, present participle kerfing, simple past and past participle kerfed)
- To cut a piece of wood or other material with several kerfs to allow it to be bent.
From Old English cyrf (“a cutting off, a cutting instrument”).