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 Golf balls, originally made of wood, are now made of hard rubber.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 Politics and Broadway were passions of hers, along with golf. Mike Catalini, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 Politics and Broadway were passions of hers, along with golf., 15 June 2021 That’s because nobody has risen through golf as meteorically as Zalatoris in the past year. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 15 June 2021 If cystic fibrosis was a passion, so was his devotion to golf as a member of the Country Club of Maryland, where he was named Senior Club Champion in 2016. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 15 June 2021 Two motorists reported damage to their windshields from errant golf balls hit by players on the 17th hole at Tanglewood Golf Club. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 15 June 2021 Phil Mickelson made history three weeks ago, with the 50-year-old becoming the oldest man to win one of golf’s major championships. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2021 Barco played his college golf at Purdue and turned pro in 2019 on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 June 2021 Codd finished Friday's first round in 12th place but shot a five-under par 67 on Day 2 (140 total), to win the Division 1 golf state finals at Forest Akers West golf course. Tom Lang, Detroit Free Press, 13 June 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Golf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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