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 Golf balls, originally made of wood, are now made of hard rubber.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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Doing the improbable has been a major part of Erica Shepherd's young golf career. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Center Grove's Erica Shepherd looking for repeat junior title, LPGA future," 14 July 2018 Niemiera displayed the confident pose of an athlete, having played four years on the Bradley University women's basketball team then the golf team during her year as a graduate student. Candace Buckner, chicagotribune.com, "From NBA summer league intern to referee: Lauren Niemiera makes the calls," 10 July 2018 The Arizona State men's golf team is 2-for-2 making the NCAA Championships under second-year head coach Matt Thurmond. azcentral, "ASU men's golf makes NCAA Championships while Arizona falls short," 16 May 2018 For the first time since 2000, the University of Kansas men’s golf team is headed to the NCAA Championships. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "KU men's golf team wins Pacific Regional, advances to NCAA Championships | The Kansas City Star," 16 May 2018 Shahbaz Hashmi spent last Wednesday afternoon playing with his varsity golf team buddies at Brackenridge Park golf course. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio teenage golfer gets to play in pro-am with Tiger Woods," 3 May 2018 Golf Navy men secure Patriot League title, NCAA berth The Navy men's golf team shot a 9-over par 290 during a blustery final round at the par-72, 7,091-yard Saucon Valley Country Club Grace Course to claim the Patriot League championship. baltimoresun.com, "Digest: Gallanor wins Maryland's first juvenile race of season at Laurel Park," 29 Apr. 2018 After his meetings in and around London, Trump will fly north for a round of golf at his Turnberry resort in Scotland. Washington Post, "Demonstrators march against Trump, mock with giant balloon," 13 July 2018 After his meetings in and around London, Trump will fly north for a round of golf at his Turnberry resort in Scotland. Danica Kirka, Fox News, "Demonstrators plan to mock Trump with giant balloon," 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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6 Sep 2018

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

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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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