div·​ot ˈdi-vət How to pronounce divot (audio)
plural divots
Scotland : a square of turf or sod
: a loose piece of turf (such as one dug from a golf fairway in making a shot)
The caddies, I was solemnly assured, never replace a divot; they just sprinkle grass seed from a pouch they carry. Well, this is a myth, for I repeatedly saw caddies replace divots in the course of the tournament, with the care of tile-setters.John Updike
: a small dent : a small depression or hollow
… soft pastries of yeasted dough with a divot in the center, traditionally filled with sweetened cheese or fruit …John T. Edge

Word History


alteration of earlier Scots devat, from Middle English (Scots) duvat

First Known Use

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of divot was circa 1540

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Cite this Entry

“Divot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divot. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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