- Golf. a piece of turf gouged out with a club in making a stroke.
- Scot. a piece of turf.
Origin of divot
1530–40; orig. Scots, earlier deva(i)t, diffat, duvat, of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for divot
Those who eat and chatter, kiss hands and smile, but never take a divot are losers of something that is heartening.The Happy Golfer
Scottish boys often weight it at the end with a "divot" which is a little piece of actual turf, both grass and root, all together.The Playwork Book
He quietly lifted the lower edge of a divot on the roof, and peeped in to see what was going on.Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire
John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
Before applying for the job our young friend Foozle would like to know whether he will be required to replace the divot.
- a piece of turf dug out of a grass surface, esp by a golf club or by horses' hooves
C16: from Scottish, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for divot
1530s, from Scottish, literally "piece of turf or sod" used for roofing material, etc., of unknown origin. The golfing sense is from 1886.
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