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golf

[golf, gawlf; British also gof] /gɒlf, gɔlf; British also gɒf/
noun
1.
a game in which clubs with wooden or metal heads are used to hit a small, white ball into a number of holes, usually 9 or 18, in succession, situated at various distances over a course having natural or artificial obstacles, the object being to get the ball into each hole in as few strokes as possible.
2.
a word used in communications to represent the letter G.
verb (used without object)
3.
to play golf.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; of uncertain origin
Related forms
golfer, noun
nongolfer, noun
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Examples from the web for golf
  • Never stop in the middle of a tennis or golf match and complain of a lame ankle, especially if you are losing.
  • Or you can react rationally and not play golf in a lightning storm.
  • Then you play a round of miniature golf with new friends you've made on the trip.
  • Others head out for a round of golf or a game of hoops.
  • It was the size of a golf ball and it was in the ground under the straw.
  • Miniature golf can be a lot of fun, and it is even better if the course is decorated with dinosaurs.
  • Presidents need relaxation, whether playing golf or clearing brush.
  • His golf swing appears as a tangled, incredibly complicated white line in the gloom, a spaghetti dinner of light.
  • They're not hidden under plants or buildings or miniature golf courses.
  • There is a lot of science and experience involved in being a good sports turf manager or golf course superintendent today.
British Dictionary definitions for golf

golf

/ɡɒlf/
noun
1.
  1. a game played on a large open course, the object of which is to hit a ball using clubs, with as few strokes as possible, into each of usually 18 holes
  2. (as modifier): a golf bag
verb
2.
(intransitive) to play golf
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Middle Dutch colfclub

Golf

/ɡɒlf/
noun
1.
(communications) a code word for the letter g
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Word Origin and History for golf
n.

mid-15c., Scottish gouf, usually taken as an alteration of Middle Dutch colf, colve "stick, club, bat," from Proto-Germanic *kulth- (cf. Old Norse kolfr "clapper of a bell," German Kolben "mace, club"). The game is from 14c., the word is first mentioned (along with fut-bol) in a 1457 Scottish statute on forbidden games. Golf ball attested from 1540s. Despite what you read in an e-mail, "golf" is not an acronym.

v.

c.1800, golf (n.). Related: Golfed; golfing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for golf

golf

Related Terms

barnyard golf


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for golf

GOLF

global oscillations at low frequency
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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