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 Golf balls, originally made of wood, are now made of hard rubber.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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Playing in a charity golf tournament raising money for our nation’s Special Forces operators and their families. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "Simone Biles Calls Out USA Gymnastics CEO Mary Bono Over Anti-Nike Tweet," 15 Oct. 2018 As time went on, the athletic couple were spotted at Tiger's golf tournaments, Lindsey's downhill races, and gracing the red carpet at various galas. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Olympian Lindsey Vonn Has Always Been Super Open About Her Dating Life," 23 July 2018 Incredibly family friendly, the resort offers beach service, tennis, golf, a kid’s club, and more. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "Here’s Why Palm Beach Has Become a Destination for Young Interior Designers," 7 Dec. 2018 Participants can partake in alpine skiing and snowboarding, and there’s also the summer military programming that teaches veterans golf, recreational and competitive canoeing and kayaking, cycling, stand up paddle boarding, and personal fitness. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "10 Ways to Use Your Love of Fitness to Do Good on Giving Tuesday or Any Day," 27 Nov. 2018 Pull up a chaise lounge on Kauna'oa Beach, play a few rounds of golf, or grab a bite at one of the hotel’s four restaurants. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 There’s also a kids’ zone with a petting zoo, putt putt golf, and other activities. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "How to Visit Roloff Farms From ‘Little People, Big World’ During Pumpkin Season," 28 Aug. 2018 There's a 60-minute guided tour of Montgomery's historic landmarks (sets off at 1 p.m. from the Universalist Church), plus games of luck, stilt walking, balloon artists, pony rides, face painting, putt putt golf, art projects and more for kids. Luann Gibbs,, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 13 July 2018 The entry fee is $130 per golfer by July 10 and $150 after July 17 and includes 18 holes of golf, driving range, putting green, golf cart, BBQ lunch, buffet dinner, and raffle ticket. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 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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11 Jan 2019

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

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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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