There are 3 definitions of scarf in English:

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noun (plural scarves /skɑːvz/ or scarfs)

  • A length or square of fabric worn around the neck or head: she tucked her woolly scarf around her neck a silk scarf
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    muffler; headscarf, headsquare, square; stole, tippet; neckerchief, kerchief, cravat, bandana; North American babushka
    dated comforter
    in Spanish-speaking countries mantilla, rebozo

Derivatives

scarfed

(also scarved) adjective
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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.

Origin

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 scrip'.

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There are 3 definitions of scarf in English:

scarf2

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verb

[with object]
  • 1Join the ends of (two pieces of timber or metal) by bevelling or notching them so that they fit over or into each other: he forced me to scarf the keel timbers in watertight sections (as noun scarfing) the scarfing follows the natural grain of the wood
  • 2Make an incision in the blubber of (a whale).

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  • 1A joint connecting two pieces of timber or metal in which the ends are bevelled or notched so that they fit over or into each other.
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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.
  • 2An incision made in the blubber of a whale.

Origin

Middle English (as a noun): probably via Old French from Old Norse. The verb dates from the early 17th century.

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verb

[with object] North American informal
  • Eat or drink (something) hungrily or enthusiastically: he scarfed down the waffles
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    • 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.

Origin

1960s: variant of scoff2.

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