The definition of a scarf is a piece of cloth worn around the neck or shoulders for decoration, or a joint formed by overlapping two pieces so they appear to be one piece.(noun)
Scarf is defined as to cover or drape with a piece of fabric, or is slang for greedily eating.(verb)
See scarf in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: NormFr escarpe (OFr escharpe), a purse suspended from the neck, wallet < ML scirpa, scrippa, earlier scirpea, rush pouch or basket < L scirpeus, of rushes < scirpus, a rush, bulrush
noun pl. scarfs
Origin: prob. < Scand, as in ON skarfr, obliquely cut beam-end < IE *skerp- < base *(s)ker-, to cut > shear
Origin: var. of dial. scaff, eat voraciously < ?
See scarf in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. scarfs scarfs (skärfs) or scarves (skärvz)
Origin: French dialectal escarpe, sash, sling
Origin: , from Old North French
Origin: , variant of Old French escherpe, pilgrim's bag hung from the neck
Origin: , from Frankish *skirpja, small rush
Origin: , from Latin scirpus, rush.
noun pl. scarfs scarfs (skärfs)
Origin: Middle English skarf
Origin: , as in scarfnail
Origin: , probably from Old Norse skarfr, end piece of a board cut off on the bias.
transitive verb scarfed, scarf·ing, scarfs scarfs
Origin: Variant of scoff2.
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