Scarf Definition

skärf
scarfed, scarfing, scarfs, scarves
noun
scarfs
A long or broad piece of cloth worn about the neck, head, or shoulders for warmth or decoration; muffler, babushka, neckerchief, etc.
Webster's New World
A long, narrow covering for a table, bureau top, etc.; runner.
Webster's New World
A sash worn by soldiers or officials.
Webster's New World
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 piece.
Webster's New World
The end of a piece cut in this fashion.
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verb
scarfed, scarfing, scarfs
To cover or drape with a scarf.
Webster's New World
To wrap (an outer garment) around one like a scarf.
American Heritage
To join by a scarf.
Webster's New World
To cut so as to form a scarf on.
Webster's New World
To consume greedily.
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Other Word Forms of Scarf

Noun

Singular:
scarf
Plural:
scarves, scarfs

Origin of Scarf

  • Probably from Old Northern French escarpe (cf. Old French escherpe (“pilgrim's purse suspended from the neck")), possibly from Frankish *skirpja or of other Germanic origin (cf. Old Norse skreppa (“small bag, wallet, satchel")). Alternatively from Medieval Latin scirpa (“little woven bag of rushes"), from Latin scirpus (“rush, bullrush"). . The verb is derived from the noun.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English skarf (as in scarfnail nail for fastening a scarf joint) probably from Old Norse skarfr end piece of a board cut off on the bias

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Of imitative origin, or a variant of scoff. Alternatively from Old English sceorfan (“gnaw, bite").

    From Wiktionary

  • Of uncertain origin. Possibly from Old Norse skarfr, derivative of skera (“to cut").

    From Wiktionary

  • Variant of scoff

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Icelandic skarfr?

    From Wiktionary

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