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

Other Words from golf


golf intransitive verb
golfer noun

Examples of golf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The circuit has been a controversial topic in golf because it is backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign-wealth fund. Allison Prang, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 Charles Barkley is backing away from any further interest in LIV golf. Mark Heim |, al, 29 July 2022 There are no guaranteed contracts in golf as there are in other sports. Fred Bowen, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 The former Bureau of Land Management employee says her shooting touch in basketball translates nicely to her short game in golf. Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2022 Many of the biggest names in golf, such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, have stayed away from LIV Golf. New York Times, 27 July 2022 Lastly, there is the reality that looms large in every discussion about LIV: in almost every other sport, the leagues giving the contracts control the biggest events, but not in golf. Eamon Lynch, USA TODAY, 24 July 2022 Justin Gabbard has been confident in his physical skills in golf. James Weber, The Enquirer, 21 July 2022 To the immediate right, the 18th hole of the Old Course, among the most famous spots in golf. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

17 Aug 2022

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“Golf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for golf


\ 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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