- a steep slope; specif., an escarpment or cliff extending along the edge of a plateau, mesa, etc.
- the inner slope of a ditch below a rampart
Origin of scarpItalian scarpa, a scarp, slope ; from Gothic an unverified form skrapa, akin to Old English scræf, cave, hollow ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)kerb(h)-, variant, variety of base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut from source shear
- to make or cut into a steep slope
- to provide with a scarp
transitive verbscarped, scarp·ing, scarps
To cut or make into an escarpment.
Origin of scarpItalian scarpa, slope, perhaps of Germanic origin; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present scarps, present participle scarping, simple past and past participle scarped)
Aphetic form of escarp.