noun (plural scarves /skärvz/ or scarfs /skärfs/)
- The cold also brought on another bout of shopping, namely for warmer hats, scarves, gloves and coats.
- Each of the girls, as well as Ethan, wore their thickest coats and warmest mittens, as well as scarves and hats and earmuffs.
- One or two of the soldiers even went as far as to remove their Alliance neck scarves.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'sash (around the waist or over the shoulder)'): probably based on Old Northern French escarpe, probably identical with Old French escharpe 'pilgrim's bag'.
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- Many of the men wore white skullcaps and long white robes, and the women were either scarved and covered or in the full abaya, a black nunlike garb.
- I live in a city in the US where it is common to see such scarved women on the bus and in the market and on the street, yet I have never seen any such incidents of harassment.
- The cute little boy came outside again, followed by a scarved woman who must have been his mother.
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- The two arcs were joined at the Crown by a sophisticated scarf joint, which was secured by three large nuts and bolts.
- It could be argued that the great array of different scarf joints encountered in timber-framed buildings should make the author's point about complexity.
Middle English (as a noun): probably via Old French from Old Norse. The verb dates from the early 17th century.
verb[with object] North American informal
- Morning at the girls apartment came with a hurried rush of alarm clocks going off, hair being dried, and granola bars being scarfed down.
- Seventy-five miles and 6.5 hours from the start and we are scarfing some hot food and sucking down cold beers, legs a bit sore but the soul quenched.
- We sat there, the guys talking as Zach and I scarfed our food.
1960s: variant of scoff2.