noun (plural scarves /skärvz/ or scarfs /skärfs/)
- A length or square of fabric worn around the neck or head.More example sentences
- 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.
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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.
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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- 1 (also scarf joint) A joint connecting two pieces of timber or metal in which the ends are beveled or notched so that they fit over or into each other.More example sentences
- 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
- Eat or drink (something) hungrily or enthusiastically: he scarfed down the wafflesMore example sentences
gobble up/down, eat greedily, eat hungrily, guzzle, bolt, gulp (down), devour, wolf (down), gorge (oneself) on• informal tuck into, put away, pack away, demolish, polish off, shovel in/down, stuff one's face (with), pig out (on)• informal scoff (down/up), inhale
- 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.