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Word of the Day 12/11/14 Scarf

Scarf (noun, verb)
scarf [skahrf]


noun, plural scarfs, scarves [skahrvz]
1. a 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.; muffler.
2. a necktie or cravat with hanging ends.
3. a long cover or ornamental cloth for a bureau, table, etc.

verb (used with object)
4. to cover or wrap with or as if with a scarf.
5. to use in the manner of a scarf.

Origin: 1545-55; perhaps special use of scarf

Scarf (noun, verb)
scarf [skahrf]


noun, plural scarfs.
1. a tapered or otherwise-formed end on each of the pieces to be assembled with a scarf joint.
2. Whaling. a strip of skin along the body of the whale.

verb (used with object)
3. to assemble with a scarf joint.
4. to form a scarf on (the end of a timber).
5. Steelmaking. to burn away the surface defects of (newly rolled steel).
6. Whaling. to make a groove in and remove (the blubber and skin).

Origin: 1490-1500; < Old Norse skarfr (derivative of skera to cut) end cut from a beam (hence perhaps a piece of cloth cut off, i.e., scarf1); compare Swedish skarv patch

Scarf (verb)
scarf [skahrf]


verb (used with object), verb (used without object), Slang.
1. to eat, especially voraciously (often followed by down or up): to scarf down junk food.

Origin: 1955-60, Americanism; variant of scoff, with r inserted probably through r-dialect speakers' mistaking the underlying vowel as an r-less ar

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