noun, often attributive
\ˈgälf, 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 Golf balls, originally made of wood, are now made of hard rubber.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.

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The president will spend the weekend at his Turnberry golf resort in Scotland before flying to Helsinki Monday for the Putin summit. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Trump's bombshell interview with UK tabloid threatens to overshadow visit to Britain," 13 July 2018 Trump arrived in Britain Thursday, and was expected to be in London before later moving to his golf resort in Scotland. Alastair Jamieson /, NBC News, "Sadiq Khan defends 'Trump baby' blimp, cites freedom to protest," 13 July 2018 The Trumps will then fly to Scotland and spend the weekend at the president’s Turnberry golf resort. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Controversial U.K. Visit," 12 July 2018 In addition, the company manages more than 150 restaurants at golf resorts, private clubs and other recreational facilities. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Scottdale's Troon expands beyond golf with tennis-company purchase," 9 July 2018 Professional golfer Graeme McDowell was forced to withdraw from an Open qualifier this week after Air France lost his golf clubs during a flight from Paris to Manchester, England. Nihal Kolur,, "Graeme McDowell Forced to Withdraw From Tournament After Air France Loses His Golf Clubs," 3 July 2018 Each donated $250,000 for Mr. Trump’s inauguration festivities and Geo Group held an annual leadership conference last year at a Florida golf resort owned by Mr. Trump. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Trump’s Immigrant-Detention Plans Benefit Private Prison Operators," 2 July 2018 In the high desert west of Boise, a unique golf resort emerges with 'a story to tell' Your longest drive ... or biggest lie: The 18th tee on the Hankins course tells golfers that they've been set up to hit the longest drive of their lives. Chadd Cripe, idahostatesman, "Goat caddies, a license to cheat and trash-talking rakes. It's all about fun at Silvies.," 11 June 2018 The 15-year-old nailed a hole-in-one, his first-ever, on the Par 3 No. 3 at the Dallas Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, the first and only NFL-themed golf club in the world. William Wilkerson, star-telegram, "Local 15-year-old accomplishes amazing feat on golf course," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of golf


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Communications code word

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for golf


Middle English (Scots)

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18 Oct 2018

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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, 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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