noun, often attributive
\ ˈgälf How to pronounce golf (audio) , ˈgȯlf, ˈgäf, ˈgȯf, sometimes ˈgəlf \

Definition of golf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


communications code word

Definition of Golf (Entry 2 of 2)

used as a code word for the letter g

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Other Words from golf


golf intransitive verb
golfer noun

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This is a game in which a player using special clubs attempts to sink a small ball into each of the nine or 18 successive holes on an outdoor course, using as few strokes as possible. Golf developed in Scotland as early as the 15th century; the courses were originally fields that herds of sheep had clipped short in their characteristic grazing style. Golf balls, originally made of wood, are now made of hard rubber. Clubs are known by the traditional names of “irons” and “woods”; today irons are more likely made of stainless steel than iron, and the heads of woods are usually made of metal such as steel or titanium instead of wood.

Examples of golf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Families tour the lake in swan paddle boats, while private security personnel regularly patrol in golf carts. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 July 2021 Although there appears to be no horseback riding available, there are plenty of places to hike, bike, golf, and sightsee. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 21 July 2021 To alter a golf adage: Worry for show, proceed for dough. Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 Sitting on a triple waterfront lot, the exterior of the house offers five fire features, a hog-slat pier that leads to a double boat lift dock, and three golf greens. Lia Picard, WSJ, 21 July 2021 All-Star golf competition Monday at Arrowhead Country Club while the North boys won 20-10 over the South squad in the first event of AHSAA All-Star Sports Week. Reports, al, 20 July 2021 There will be eight alums from the two schools representing six countries playing at Kasumigaseki Country Club for golf's second Olympic appearance since an absence of more than a century (since 1904). Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 Four golf carts were taken from Milwaukee’s Lincoln Park on July 8, followed by eight more from Wauwatosa’a Hansen Park three days later, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 July 2021 Collin Morikawa made golf history Sunday by becoming the first player to win two different major championships on his first try. Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2021

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First Known Use of golf


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for golf


Middle English (Scots)

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The first known use of golf was in the 15th century

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24 Jul 2021

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“Golf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


\ ˈgälf How to pronounce golf (audio) , ˈgȯlf \

Kids Definition of golf

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

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