golf

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

Golf

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

Noun

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 Golf balls, originally made of wood, are now made of hard rubber.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

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Scotland Camilla DavidsonNoteWorthyShe’s plugged in to Scotland’s sizzling food scene and has contacts at the best distilleries, world-famous golf links, and even private hunting estates. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 The golf-cart-size rover, which has been exploring Mars since January 2004, hasn't made a peep since June 10. Mike Wall, Space.com, "How the Curiosity Rover Detected a Monster Mars Dust Storm Will Surprise You," 28 Sep. 2018 Epic Games’ Fortnite is eating the world, and now the battle royale game (and occasional golf simulator) is finally coming to Android. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "How to install Fortnite on Android, and every phone that can play it," 13 Aug. 2018 There are people who come from a couple of doors down looking for a golf putter, and there’s someone who’s taken mass transit to get their children’s clothes for the year. Kathy Routliffe, chicagotribune.com, "Kenilworth Union Church rummage sale offers amazing maze of treasures," 13 July 2018 Oakland Hills Country Club is ready to return to golf's major-championship circuit.. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland Hills to seek major tournaments after South Course renovations," 13 July 2018 The couple planned to head afterward for a private weekend at one of Trump’s golf properties in Scotland. Washington Post, "Melania Trump dutifully tries her hand at lawn bowls," 13 July 2018 While emotions centered on soccer vs. golf, some speakers questioned the land development proposal, which has only come to light in recent days and has not been clearly defined. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 There are vikings, samurai, ancient statues of mystery—and also a four-person golf kart, the first real vehicle in the game's history. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Fortnite Season 5 Is Here, and the Rest of the Week in Games," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of golf

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Communications code word

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for golf

Noun

Middle English (Scots)

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15 Nov 2018

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golf

noun

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

golf

noun
\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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