Scarf vs Gulp - What's the difference?

scarf | gulp |

As nouns the difference between scarf and gulp

is that scarf is a long, often knitted, garment worn around the neck while gulp is the usual amount swallowed.

As verbs the difference between scarf and gulp

is that scarf is to throw on loosely; to put on like a scarf while gulp is to swallow eagerly, or in large draughts; to swallow up; to take down at one swallow.

As an interjection gulp is

indication of an involuntary fear reaction.



(wikipedia scarf)

Etymology 1

Probably from . The verb is derived from the noun.


  • A long, often knitted, garment worn around the neck.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=2 citation , passage=Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety.  She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.}}
  • A headscarf.
  • (dated) A neckcloth or cravat.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To throw on loosely; to put on like a scarf.
  • * 1599-1601 , (William Shakespeare), (Hamlet), Act 5, Scene 2:
  • My sea-gown scarfed about me.
  • To dress with a scarf, or as with a scarf; to cover with a loose wrapping.
  • Etymology 2

    (the first two definitions) Of uncertain origin. Possibly from (etyl) skarfr, derivative of .


    (en noun)
  • A type of joint in woodworking.
  • A groove on one side of a sewing machine needle.
  • A dip or notch or cut made in the trunk of a tree to direct its fall when felling.
  • Synonyms
    * (l)


    (en verb)
  • To shape by grinding.
  • To form a scarf on the end or edge of, as for a joint in timber, forming a "V" groove for welding adjacent metal plates, metal rods, etc.
  • To unite, as two pieces of timber or metal, by a scarf joint.
  • Etymology 3

    Of imitative origin, or a variant of scoff. Alternatively from (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • (transitive, US, slang) To eat very quickly.
  • You sure scarfed that pizza.
    Usage notes
    The more usual form in the UK is scoff.
    Derived terms
    * scarf down

    Etymology 4

    Icelandic (skarfr)?


  • (Scotland) A cormorant.
  • (Webster 1913)




    (en noun)
  • The usual amount swallowed.
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • What the liquor was I do not know, but it was not so strong but that I could swallow it in great gulps and found it less burning than my burning throat.
  • The sound of swallowing.
  • A sound of swallowing indicating fear.
  • *
  • Little Stanislovas was also trembling, and all but too frightened to speak. "They — they sent me to tell you — " he said, with a gulp .
  • * 1994 , James Charles Collins, Jerry I. Porras, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
  • Indeed, the envisioned future should produce a bit of "the gulp' factor" […], there should be an almost audible "' gulp ".


    (en verb)
  • To swallow eagerly, or in large draughts; to swallow up; to take down at one swallow.
  • * Cowper
  • He does not swallow, but he gulps it down.
  • * Fielding
  • The old man glibly gulped down the whole narrative.
  • To react nervously by swallowing.
  • * 1930 , P. G. Wodehouse, A Damsel in Distress , 2004, page 198
  • The man eyed Percy with a chilly eye. "Well," he said, "What's troublin you?" Percy gulped . The man's mere appearance was a sedative. "Er-nothing! […]"
  • * 2003 , Carl Deuker, High Heat , page 140
  • I'd always been nervous-excited; this was nervous-terrified. When I finished puking, I sat down gulping air for a while, trying to pull myself together.
  • * 2006 , Nancy Anne Nicholson, Thin White Female in No Acute Distress: A Memoir , page 187
  • My heart was beating madly and I was gulping nervous energy.


    * See also


    (en interjection)
  • Indication of an involuntary fear reaction.
  • * 1982 , Gary Smalley, If Only He Knew , page 163
  • "Honey, I know you want to go to their home next week, hut there's one thing that keeps happening when we're together that really drives me away from social gatherings in general. (Oh, what is it … gulp'.) Well, I'm not sure I can really explain it without offending you. ('''Gulp''', ' gulp .) Do you really want to talk about it? (Yes.) […]"

    See also

    * (in the sense of an amount swallowed)


    * plug