scarf

scarf1
scarfless, adj.scarflike, adj.
/skahrf/, n., pl. scarfs, scarves /skahrvz/, v.
n.
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.
v.t.
4. to cover or wrap with or as if with a scarf.
5. to use in the manner of a scarf.
[1545-55; perh. special use of SCARF2]
scarf2
scarfer, n.
/skahrf/, n., pl. scarfs, v.
n.
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.
v.t.
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).
Also, scarph (for defs. 1, 3, 4).
[1490-1500; < ON skarfr (deriv. of skera to cut) end cut from a beam (hence perh. a piece of cloth cut off, i.e., SCARF1); cf. Sw skarv patch]
scarf3
/skahrf/, v.t., v.i. Slang.
to eat, esp. voraciously (often fol. by down or up): to scarf down junk food.
[1955-60, Amer.; var. of SCOFF2, with r inserted prob. through r-dialect speakers' mistaking the underlying vowel as an r-less ar]

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