I. noun (plural scarfs) Etymology: Middle English skarf, probably from Old Norse skarfr butt end of a plank Date: 15th century 1. either of the chamfered or cutaway ends that fit together to form a scarf joint 2. an in-line joint made by chamfering, halving, or notching two pieces to correspond and lapping them II. transitive verb also scarph Date: 1627 1. to unite by a scarf joint 2. to form a scarf on III. noun (plural scarves or scarfs) Etymology: probably modification of Middle French dialect (Norman) escreppe, Middle French escherpe sash, sling, from Old French, pilgrim's shoulder bag, from Medieval Latin scrippum Date: 1555 1. a. a military or official sash usually indicative of rank b. archaic tippet 3 2. a broad band of cloth worn about the shoulders, around the neck, or over the head 3. runner 6b IV. transitive verb Date: 1598 1. to wrap, cover, or adorn with or as if with a scarf 2. to wrap or throw on (a scarf or mantle) loosely V. transitive verb Etymology: by alteration Date: circa 1960 1. scoff 1 <
scarfed down my sandwich
2. snap 2 <
scarfed up the best seats

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Scarf — Scarf, n. (a) In a piece which is to be united to another by a scarf joint, the part of the end or edge that is tapered off, rabbeted, or notched so as to be thinner than the rest of the piece. (b) A scarf joint. [1913 Webster] {Scarf joint} (a)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scarf — Scarf, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scarfed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scarfing}.] 1. To throw on loosely; to put on like a scarf. My sea gown scarfed about me. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To dress with a scarf, or as with a scarf; to cover with a loose wrapping.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scarf — Scarf, n.; pl. {Scarfs}, rarely {Scarves} (sk[aum]rvz). [Cf. OF. escharpe a pilgrim s scrip, or wallet (hanging about the neck), F. [ e]charpe sash, scarf; probably from OHG. scharpe pocket; also (from the French) Dan. ski[ae]rf; Sw. sk[ a]rp,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scarf — scarf1 [skärf] n. pl. scarves or sometimes scarfs [skärvz] [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,… …   English World dictionary

  • Scarf — Scarf, v. t. [Sw. skarfva to eke out, to join together, skarf a seam, joint; cf. Dan. skarre to joint, to unite timber, Icel. skara to clinch the planks of a boat, G. scharben to chop, to cut small.] (a) To form a scarf on the end or edge of, as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scarf — ist der Name folgender Personen: Edward Scarf (1908–1980), australischer Ringer Herbert Scarf (* 1930), US amerikanischer Wirtschaftswissenschaftler und Mathematiker Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung meh …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Scarf — (sk[aum]rf), n. [Icel. skarfr.] A cormorant. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scarf — scarf; scarf·er; …   English syllables

  • scarf — Ⅰ. scarf [1] ► NOUN (pl. scarves or scarfs) ▪ a length or square of fabric worn around the neck or head. DERIVATIVES scarfed (also scarved) adjective. ORIGIN probably from Old French escharpe pilgrim s pouch …   English terms dictionary

  • scarf — The word for a piece of outdoor clothing has the plural form scarves, whereas for the unrelated word meaning ‘a joint or notch in timber, metal, etc.’ it is scarfs …   Modern English usage

  • scarf — [n] muffler ascot, bandanna, boa, kerchief, neckwear, shawl, stole, wrapping; concept 451 …   New thesaurus

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