Coif vs Scarf - What's the difference?

coif | scarf |

As nouns the difference between coif and scarf

is that coif is a hairdo while scarf is a long, often knitted, garment worn around the neck or scarf can be a type of joint in woodworking or scarf can be (scotland) a cormorant.

As verbs the difference between coif and scarf

is that coif is to style or arrange hair while scarf is to throw on loosely; to put on like a scarf or scarf can be to shape by grinding or scarf can be (transitive|us|slang) to eat very quickly.



(wikipedia coif)

Alternative forms

* coiffe


(en noun)
  • A hairdo
  • A hood; a close-fitting cap covering much of the head, widespread until XVIII century; after that worn only by small children and countrywomen
  • An item of chain mail headgear
  • An official headdress, such as that worn by certain judges in England.
  • * H. Brocke
  • From point and saucy ermine down / To the plain coif and russet gown.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The judges, althout they are not of the first magnitude, nor need be of the degree of the coif , yet are they considerable.


  • To style or arrange hair.
  • scarf


    (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)