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 Golf balls, originally made of wood, are now made of hard rubber.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 The more than 80,000 square foot gaming venue offers electric super-karts, arcade games, virtual reality attractions, a two-story laser tag battlefield, high-tech mini-golf, two bars, dining options and more. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Indoor entertainment facility Andretti Indoor Karting & Games reopens under new protocols," 27 May 2020 Good golf, star power and a little trash talk all for a good cause. Mark Heim |, al, "Tiger Woods-Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady live stream: Time, TV info, watch online," 24 May 2020 Bazzell's Interests included genealogy, international travel, languages, computer technology, golf, skiing and boating. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Robert Charles Bazzell, retired automotive engineer, died of COVID-19 complications," 24 May 2020 Available activities at each campground may vary, but possibilities include arts and crafts sessions, biking, fishing, gem mining, hiking, laser tag, mini golf, scavenger hunts and Yogi Bear character appearances. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "6 things Hoosiers can do for Memorial Day weekend while socially distancing," 22 May 2020 The Park and Recreation department released Phase II of its reopening plan on Thursday, which opens dog parks, skate parks, disk golf, rowing clubs, and outdoor events limited to 15 people. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "How the Dallas Stars and area youth sports are addressing health concerns when resuming recreation leagues," 21 May 2020 Ocean Beach Park, located along the boardwalk, features a picnic area, playground, snack bar, mini-golf, an arcade, and more. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "25 Best Beaches in the U.S.," 20 May 2020 Those teams are men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, field hockey, women’s lacrosse, softball, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s track and field, and volleyball. Kelly Ward, The Courier-Journal, "14 Louisville teams post perfect Academic Progress Rate scores from the NCAA," 19 May 2020 While team sports with close human contact like the NBA, MLB and NHL have been indefinitely postponed, individual, open-air sports like tennis, golf, NASCAR and now horse-racing have returned or plan to do so in the coming weeks. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Belmont Stakes to be held without spectators as the first leg of the Triple Crown," 19 May 2020

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

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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Golf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce Golf (audio)

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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