Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

golf

play
noun, often attributive \ˈgälf, ˈgȯlf, ˈgäf, ˈgȯf sometimes ˈgəlf\

Simple Definition of golf

  • : an outdoor game in which players use special clubs (called golf clubs) to try to hit a small ball with as few strokes as possible into each of 9 or 18 holes

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of golf

  1. :  a game in which a player using special clubs attempts to sink a ball with as few strokes as possible into each of the 9 or 18 successive holes on a course

golf intransitive verb
golfer noun

Origin of golf

Middle English (Scots)


First Known Use: 15th century

Other General Sports Terms


Golf

Definition of Golf

  1. —a communications code word for the letter g



1952

First Known Use of golf

1952

Other Alphabet Terms



GOLF Defined for Kids

golf

play
noun \ˈgälf, ˈgȯlf\

Definition of golf for Students

  1. :  a game played by hitting a small ball with special clubs into each of nine or 18 holes in as few strokes as possible





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up golf? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to eat gluttonously or ravenously

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

oily maudlin angry prompt
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ