[ golf, gawlf; British also gof ]
/ gɒlf, gɔlf; British also gɒf /


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.
a word used in communications to represent the letter G.

verb (used without object)

to play golf.

Nearby words

  1. goldwork,
  2. goldwyn,
  3. goldwyn, samuel,
  4. goldwynism,
  5. golem,
  6. golf bag,
  7. golf ball,
  8. golf cart,
  9. golf club,
  10. golf course

Origin of golf

1425–75; late Middle English; of uncertain origin

Related formsgolf·er, nounnon·golf·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for golf


/ (ɡɒlf) /


  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


(intr) to play golf

Word Origin for golf

C15: perhaps from Middle Dutch colf club


/ (ɡɒlf) /


communications a code word for the letter g
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Word Origin and History for golf
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