scarf

noun (1)
\ ˈskärf How to pronounce scarf (audio) \
plural scarves\ ˈskärvz How to pronounce scarf (audio) \ or scarfs

Definition of scarf

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : a broad band of cloth worn about the shoulders, around the neck, or over the head
3a : a military or official sash usually indicative of rank
b archaic : tippet sense 3

scarf

verb (1)
scarfed; scarfing; scarfs

Definition of scarf (Entry 2 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 (2)
scarfed; scarfing; scarfs

Definition of scarf (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : scoff entry 3 sense 1 scarfed down my sandwich
2 : snap sense transitive 2 scarfed up the best seats

scarf

noun (2)
plural scarfs

Definition of scarf (Entry 4 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 (3)
\ ˈskärf How to pronounce scarf (audio) \
variants: or less commonly scarph
scarfed also scarphed; scarfing also scarphing; scarfs also scarphs

Definition of scarf (Entry 5 of 5)

transitive verb

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

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Noun (2)

4scarf 2

In the meaning defined above

First Known Use of scarf

Noun (1)

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb (1)

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

circa 1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (3)

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scarf

Noun (1)

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 (2)

by alteration

Noun (2)

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

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

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“Scarf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scarf. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for scarf

scarf

noun
\ ˈskärf How to pronounce scarf (audio) \
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)

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