golf

[golf, gawlf; British also gof]
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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)
  1. to play golf.

Origin of golf

1425–75; late Middle English; of uncertain origin
Related formsgolf·er, nounnon·golf·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for golf

Contemporary Examples of golf

Historical Examples of golf

  • Officers in khaki came and talked to them about golf and gymkhanas.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Your mother, your uncle, one of your friends on the golf links?'

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

  • From the swing at golf to the manner of lighting a match in the wind, this truism applies.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • I play tennis in summer—when there is anyone to play with me—and golf, after a fashion.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Golf is a game, and Mr. Knowles doesn't look as if he played games.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for golf

golf

noun
    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
  1. (intr) to play golf

Word Origin for golf

C15: perhaps from Middle Dutch colf club

Golf

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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