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scarf

noun \ ˈskärf \

Definition of scarf

plural scarfs
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

Illustration of scarf

Origin and Etymology of scarf

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


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scarf

verb \ ˈskärf \
variants: or less commonly scarph

Definition of scarf

transitive verb
1 : to unite by a scarf joint
2 : to form a scarf on

First Known Use of scarf

1627


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scarf

noun

Definition of scarf

plural scarves play \ˈskärvz\ or scarfs
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

Origin and Etymology 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


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scarf

verb

Definition of scarf

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

First Known Use of scarf

1598


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scarf

verb

Definition of scarf

transitive verb
1 : scoff 1
  • scarfed down my sandwich
2 : snap transitive 2
  • scarfed up the best seats

Origin and Etymology of scarf

by alteration



SCARF Defined for Kids

scarf

noun \ ˈskärf \

Definition of scarf for Students

plural scarves \ˈskärvz\ or scarfs
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)


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