Definition of corf in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɔːf/

noun (plural corves /kɔːvz/)

A wagon or large basket formerly used for bringing coal out of a mine.
Example sentences
  • All workings here are contrived so that the full corves are put down an inclination and the empty ones up.
  • This was further compounded by the fact that Victorian children moved up to twenty corves per day, whilst being sick, malnourished and demoralised in many cases.
  • No cage was used, rope and chain wound the corves up the shaft and the men and boys rode the rope by inserting a wooden step into the rope and hanging on.


Late Middle English (in the general sense 'basket'): from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch korf, from Latin corbis 'basket'.

Words that rhyme with corf

morph, orfe, Orff, swarf, wharf, Whorf

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