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noun \ˈtərf\

Simple Definition of turf

  • : the upper layer of ground that is made up of grass and plant roots

  • : a square piece of turf cut out of the ground that is used for making lawns

  • : a material that looks like grass and that is used especially to cover athletic fields

Full Definition of turf

plural turfs play \ˈtərfs\ also turves play \ˈtərvz\

  1. 1a :  the upper stratum of soil bound by grass and plant roots into a thick mat; also :  a piece of thisb :  an artificial substitute for this (as on a playing field)c :  grass 3

  2. 2a :  peat 2b :  a piece of peat dried for fuel

  3. 3a :  a track or course for horse racingb :  the sport or business of horse racing

  4. 4a :  territory considered by a teenage gang to be under its controlb :  territory 2 <have to play two of the last three games on hostile turf — Joe Klein> <in chapter two, the author is on unfamiliar turf>; also :  a sphere of activity or influence <people who could hurt him on his own foreign-policy turfWall Street Journal>

turfy play \ˈtər-fē\ adjective

Examples of turf

  1. a lawn made by laying turfs

  2. Synthetic turf was installed in the playing field instead of grass.

  3. playing fields with artificial turfs

  4. The team played on home turf.

Origin of turf

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German zurba turf, Sanskrit darbha tuft of grass

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with turf



transitive verb

Definition of turf

  1. 1 :  to cover with turf

  2. 2 chiefly British :  to eject forcibly :  kick —usually used with out

15th Century

First Known Use of turf

15th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

TURF Defined for Kids


noun \ˈtərf\

Definition of turf

  1. 1 :  the upper layer of soil bound into a thick mat by roots of grass and other plants

  2. 2 :  land covered with grass

  3. 3 :  an area that is or is felt to be under an individual's control <Fluffy won't allow any other dogs on his turf.>

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February 6, 2016

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