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turf

noun \ ˈtərf \

Definition of turf

plural turfs play \ˈtərfs\ also turves play \ˈtərvz\
1 a :the upper stratum of soil bound by grass and plant roots into a thick mat; also :a piece of this
b :an artificial substitute for this (as on a playing field)
c :grass 3
2 a :territory considered by a gang to be under its control
b :territory 2
  • have to play two of the last three games on hostile turf
  • —Joe Klein
  • in chapter two, the author is on unfamiliar turf
; also :a sphere of activity or influence
  • people who could hurt him on his own foreign-policy turf
  • Wall Street Jour.
3 a :a track or course for horse racing
b :the sport or business of horse racing
4 a :peat 2
b :a piece of peat dried for fuel

turfy

play \ˈtər-fē\ adjective

Examples of turf in a Sentence

  1. a lawn made by laying turfs

  2. Synthetic turf was installed in the playing field instead of grass.

  3. playing fields with artificial turfs

  4. The team played on home turf.

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Origin and Etymology of turf

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German zurba turf, Sanskrit darbha tuft of grass

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turf

verb

Definition of turf

transitive verb
1 :to cover with turf
2 chiefly British :to eject forcibly :kick usually used with out

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First Known Use of turf

15th century

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British Definition of TURF

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turf

verb

British Definition of turf

transitive verb
:to eject forcibly :kick usually used with out

TURF Defined for English Language Learners

turf

noun

Definition of turf for English Language Learners

  • : the upper layer of ground that is made up of grass and plant roots

  • : a square piece of turf cut out of the ground that is used for making lawns

  • : a material that looks like grass and that is used especially to cover athletic fields


TURF Defined for Kids

turf

noun \ ˈtərf \

Definition of turf for Students

1 :the upper layer of soil bound into a thick mat by roots of grass and other plants
2 :land covered with grass
3 :an area that is or is felt to be under an individual's control
  • Fluffy won't allow any other dogs on his turf.


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