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
- An example of a scarf is what a woman may wear around her neck in the winter.
- An example of a scarf is a ribbon seamlessly put together from two other pieces of ribbon.
Scarf is defined as to cover or drape with a piece of fabric, or is slang for greedily eating.verb
- An example of scarf is to drape a table cloth.
- An example of scarf is to devour two burgers, a large order of fries and a chocolate shake in minutes.
- a long or broad piece of cloth worn about the neck, head, or shoulders for warmth or decoration; muffler, babushka, neckerchief, etc.
- a long, narrow covering for a table, bureau top, etc.; runner
- a sash worn by soldiers or officials
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
- a joint made by notching, grooving, or otherwise cutting the ends of two pieces and fastening them so that they lap over and join firmly into one continuous piecealso called scarf joint
- the ends of a piece cut in this fashion
Origin: prob. < Scand, as in ON skarfr, obliquely cut beam-end < IE *skerp- < base *(s)ker-, to cut > shear
- to join by a scarf
- to make a scarf in the end of
Origin: var. of dial. scaff, eat voraciously < ?
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noun pl. scarfs scarfs or scarves
- A long piece of cloth worn about the head, neck, or shoulders.
- A decorative cloth for covering the top of a piece of furniture; a runner.
- A sash indicating military rank.
- To dress, cover, or decorate with or as if with a scarf.
- To wrap (an outer garment) around one like a scarf.
Origin: French dialectal escarpe, sash, sling, from Old North French, variant of Old French escherpe, pilgrim's bag hung from the neck, from Frankish *skirpja, small rush, from Latin scirpus, rush.
noun pl. scarfs scarfs
- A joint made by cutting or notching the ends of two pieces correspondingly and strapping or bolting them together. Also called scarf joint.
- Either of the correspondingly cut or notched ends that fit together to form such a joint.
- To join by means of a scarf.
- To cut a scarf in.
Origin: Middle English skarf, as in scarfnail, probably from Old Norse skarfr, end piece of a board cut off on the bias.
transitive verb scarfed, scarf·ing, scarfs scarfs Slang
Origin: Variant of scoff2.
- scarfˈer noun