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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

Illustration of scarf

Origin and Etymology of scarf

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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scarf

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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

less commonly

scarph


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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 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


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 and Etymology of scarf

by alteration


First Known Use: circa 1960



SCARF Defined for Kids

scarf

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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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