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scarf

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noun, \ˈskärf\

Definition of scarf

plural scarfs

  1. 1 :  either of the chamfered or cutaway ends that fit together to form a scarf joint

  2. 2 :  an in-line joint made by chamfering, halving, or notching two pieces to correspond and lapping them



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Origin of scarf

Middle English skarf, probably from Old Norse skarfr butt end of a plank


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with scarf


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scarf

transitive verb \ˈskärf\

Definition of scarf

  1. 1 :  to unite by a scarf joint

  2. 2 :  to form a scarf on



1627

First Known Use of scarf

1627

Variants of scarf

also scarph play \ˈskärf\

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scarf

noun,

Definition of scarf

plural scarves play \ˈskärvz\ or scarfs

  1. 1a :  a military or official sash usually indicative of rankb archaic :  tippet 3

  2. 2 :  a broad band of cloth worn about the shoulders, around the neck, or over the head

  3. 3 :  runner 6b



Illustration of scarf

Origin of scarf

probably modification of Middle French dialect (Norman) escreppe, Middle French escherpe sash, sling, from Old French, pilgrim's shoulder bag, from Medieval Latin scrippum


First Known Use: 1555


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scarf

transitive verb

Definition of scarf

  1. 1 :  to wrap, cover, or adorn with or as if with a scarf

  2. 2 :  to wrap or throw on (a scarf or mantle) loosely



1598

First Known Use of scarf

1598


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scarf

transitive verb

Definition of scarf

  1. 1 :  scoff 1 <scarfed down my sandwich>

  2. 2 :  snap 2 <scarfed up the best seats>



Origin of scarf

by alteration


First Known Use: circa 1960



SCARF Defined for Kids

scarf

play
noun \ˈskärf\

Definition of scarf for Students

plural scarves \ˈskärvz\ or scarfs

  1. 1 :  a piece of cloth worn loosely on the shoulders, around the neck, or on the head

  2. 2 :  a long narrow strip of cloth used as a cover (as on a bureau)





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