noun \ˈgəlf\

: a large area of ocean that is partly surrounded by land

: a difference between two people, groups, or things

Full Definition of GULF

:  a part of an ocean or sea extending into the land
:  a deep chasm :  abyss
:  whirlpool
:  a wide gap <the gulf between generations>

Examples of GULF

  1. <we dipped our feet in the warm waters of the gulf>
  2. <the great gulf of time and space that separates us from the first inhabitants of North America>

Origin of GULF

Middle English goulf, from Middle French golfe, from Italian golfo, from Late Latin colpus, from Greek kolpos bosom, gulf; akin to Old English hwealf vault, Old High German walbo
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to GULF

arm, bay, bight, cove, creek [chiefly British], embayment, estuary, firth, fjord (also fiord), inlet, loch [Scottish]

Rhymes with GULF



Definition of GULF

transitive verb
:  engulf

Examples of GULF

  1. <with the administration gulfed by so many real problems, it's absurd for the president to concern himself with this nonissue>

First Known Use of GULF

May 27, 2015
riot act Hear it
a vigorous reprimand or warning
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