A scarf is a wide piece of fabric that's worn around the neck or over the head. That long, warm, wooly thing you wrap around your throat in the winter is a scarf.

In the 1500s, a scarf was a "band worn across the body," from the Old French escherpe, "pilgrim's purse suspended from the neck." Today, a scarf can take many forms, from an itchy wool scarf to a head covering worn for religious reasons to a silk scarf tied jauntily around the throat. As a verb, scarf means "eat hungrily." You might scarf down some pizza, then put on your scarf and head back into the snow.

Definitions of scarf
  1. noun
    a garment worn around the head or neck or shoulders for warmth or decoration
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    boa, feather boa
    a long thin fluffy scarf of feathers or fur
    a lightweight triangular scarf worn by a woman
    a square scarf that is folded into a triangle and worn over the head or about the neck
    a scarf that covers a knight's helmet
    a woman's silk or lace scarf
    a scarf worn around the neck
    a scarf worn by Sikh men
    a long woolen or linen scarf covering the head and shoulders (also used as a sling for holding a baby); traditionally worn by Latin-American women
    a scarf (or trimming) made of sable
    a wide scarf worn about their shoulders
    a scarf worn around the head by Muslim women in Malaysia; conceals the hair but not the face
    a kerchief worn over the head and tied under the chin
    a kerchief worn around the neck
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    an article of clothing
  2. verb
    wrap in or adorn with a scarf
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    assume, don, get into, put on, wear
    put clothing on one's body
  3. noun
    a joint made by notching the ends of two pieces of timber or metal so that they will lock together end-to-end
    synonyms: scarf joint
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    junction by which parts or objects are joined together
  4. verb
    unite by a scarf joint
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    bring together, join
    cause to become joined or linked
  5. verb
    eat greedily
    synonyms: devour, guttle, pig, raven
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    type of:
    take in solid food
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