- a rectangular, triangular, or long narrow piece of cloth worn around the head, neck, or shoulders for warmth or decoration
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- Clothinga long strip of cloth worn about the neck.
- Clothinga long, broad strip of wool, silk, lace, or other material worn about the neck, shoulders, or head, for ornament or protection against cold, drafts, etc.;
- Clothinga necktie or cravat with hanging ends.
- a long cover or ornamental cloth for a bureau, table, etc.
- Clothingto cover or wrap with or as if with a scarf.
- Clothingto use in the manner of a scarf.
- perh. special use of scarf2 1545–55
scarf2 (skärf ),USA pronunciation n., pl. scarfs, v.
- Nautical, Naval Termsa tapered or otherwise-formed end on each of the pieces to be assembled with a scarf joint.
- [Whaling.]a strip of skin along the body of the whale.
- Nautical, Naval Termsto assemble with a scarf joint.
- Nautical, Naval Termsto form a scarf on (the end of a timber).
- Metallurgy[Steelmaking.]to burn away the surface defects of (newly rolled steel).
- [Whaling.]to make a groove in and remove (the blubber and skin).
- Old Norse skarfr (derivative of skera to cut) end cut from a beam (hence perh. a piece of cloth cut off, i.e., scarf1); compare Swedish skarv patch
scarf3 (skärf ),USA pronunciation v.t., v.i. [Slang.]
- Slang Termsto eat, esp. voraciously (often fol. by down or up):to scarf down junk food.
var. of scoff2, with r inserted prob. through r-dialect speakers' mistaking the underlying vowel as an r-less ar]
- Also called: scarf joint, scarfed joint a lapped joint between two pieces of timber made by notching or grooving the ends and strapping, bolting, or gluing the two pieces together
- the end of a piece of timber shaped to form such a joint
- an incision made along a whale's body before stripping off the blubber
- to join (two pieces of timber) by means of a scarf
- to make a scarf on (a piece of timber)
- to cut a scarf in (a whale)