scarf

noun (1)
\ˈskärf \
plural scarfs

Definition of scarf 

(Entry 1 of 5)

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

scarf

verb (1)
\ˈskärf \
variants: or less commonly scarph
scarfed also scarphed; scarfing also scarphing; scarfs also scarphs

Definition of scarf (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : to unite by a scarf joint

2 : to form a scarf on

scarf

noun (2)
plural scarves\ˈskärvz \ or scarfs

Definition of scarf (Entry 3 of 5)

1a : a military or official sash usually indicative of rank

b archaic : tippet sense 3

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

scarf

verb (2)
scarfed; scarfing; scarfs

Definition of scarf (Entry 4 of 5)

transitive verb

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

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

scarf

verb (3)
scarfed; scarfing; scarfs

Definition of scarf (Entry 5 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : scoff sense 1 scarfed down my sandwich

2 : snap sense transitive 2 scarfed up the best seats

Illustration of scarf

Illustration of scarf

Noun (1)

1scarf 2

In the meaning defined above

First Known Use of scarf

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (3)

circa 1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scarf

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

Verb (3)

by alteration

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about scarf

Phrases Related to scarf

scarf down

scarf up

Statistics for scarf

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for scarf

The first known use of scarf was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for scarf

scarf

noun
\ˈskärf \
plural scarves\ˈskärvz \ or scarfs

Kids Definition of scarf

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

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on scarf

What made you want to look up scarf? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!