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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 golfer
  • As an amateur golfer, he was not eligible to compete in the pga championship.
  • An avid golfer, he also disliked cutting short his round at dusk.
British Dictionary definitions for golfer

golfer

/ˈɡɒlfə/
noun
1.
a person who plays golf
2.
a type of cardigan

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 golfer
n.

early 15c., agent noun from golf.

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 golfer

gevalt

interjection

An exclamation of woe, distress, shock, etc: He breaks open a mezuzah, nothing inside, gevalt! but a piece of paper that says ''Made in Japan''

[1960s+; fr Yiddish, ''powers,'' hence an invocation of a higher force]


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Related Abbreviations for golfer

GOLF

global oscillations at low frequency
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