scarf, n. neckpiece, barb, neckerchief, fichu, muf fler, tippet; kerchief, babushka, bandanna, headpiece, headdress, (in the Middle East) kaffiyeh; headcloth, wimple, cornet; stole, boa, shawl, throw, prayer shawl, Judaism, tallith, (in Mexico) rebozo, (in Latin America) serape, (in Asia) chapan; veil, Moslem. yashmak, (in India) purdah, (in Afghanistan) chadri; ascot, necktie, cravat, four-in-hand.
2. runner, cloth, doily, antimacassar, tidy.
scary, adj. hair-raising, terrifying, horrifying, appalling, shocking; daunting, intimidating, threatening, menacing; frightening, goosepimply, creepy, crawly, discomfiting, dismaying, disturbing, SI. hairy, difficult, bad.
scathing, adj. severe, harsh, extreme, stern; caustic, vitriolic, mordant, sarcastic, nasty; biting, bitter, acrimonious, acrid, keen, incisive, trenchant; cutting, sharp, tart, pointed, stinging, lacerating, scarifying; critical, denunciatory, excoriating, derisive; virulent, spiteful, hostile, rancorous; harmful, hurtful, injurious, damaging, malignant; searing, burning, scorching, heated, fierce, ferocious, savage.
scatter, v. 1. strew, broadcast, sprinkle, sparge, disject, bestrew, dissemihate, sow; spread, circulate, diffuse, scatter to the winds; fling, toss, throw.
2. dispel, disperse, dissipate, dissolve, disband, dismiss; separate, break up, drive off, rout, eject, send off.
scatterbrained, adj. rattlebrained, harebrained, frivolous, flighty, impractical; irresponsible, Inf. slaphap-py, Inf. dizzy, SI. dippy, SI. screwy, SI. having a screw loose; dreamy, drifty, woolgathering, Inf. on another planet, with one's head in the clouds, SI. in the ozone; featherbrained, hairbrained, not all there, missing some marbles, not having all one's buttons, with a mind like a sieve; nonserious, clownish, always kidding; erratic, changeable, mercurial, fickle, volatile.
scavenge, v. 1. cleanse, clean up, tidy, sweep up, hose down.
2. search, seek, hunt, prowl, look for, dig for; scrounge, forage, rummage, plunder; rustle up, Inf. scare up; Inf. sponge, SI. mooch, Inf. freeload, Inf. bum.
scavenger, n. 1. sweeper, street cleaner or sweeper, Anglo-Indian, bhangi, sanitation engineer, garbage man, garbage collector, trash man.
2. forager, rummager, searcher, seeker, hunter; scrounger, scrounge, Inf. sponge, Inf. freeloader, SI. moocher, SI. mooch.
scenario, n. 1. outline, plot outline, sketch, abstract, summary, capsule, precis, synopsis; idea, concept, scheme, plan; framework, skeleton, Inf. bare bones; structure, organization, conception, master plan, floor plan, game plan; review, analysis, rehash, brief.
2. Motion Pictures, manuscript, script, working script, shooting script, screenplay, book.
scene, n. 1. place, location, site, locale, setting, Fr. mise en sctne; arena, stage, theater, surroundings; region, locality, sphere; spot, center, focus; milieu, environment, circumstances, background, backdrop, situation.