div·​ot | \ ˈdi-vət How to pronounce divot (audio) \
plural divots

Definition of divot

1 Scotland : a square of turf or sod
2 : 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
3 : 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

First Known Use of divot

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for divot

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

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The first known use of divot was circa 1540

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“Divot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divot. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of divot

: a loose piece of grass and dirt that is dug out of the ground when the ground is struck by something (such as a golf club)

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