[ golf, gawlf; British also gof ]
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  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

Other words from golf

  • golfer, noun
  • non·golf·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use golf in a sentence

  • When they golfed she had a delightful way of making her conversation from green to green into a sort of serial.

    The Sins of the Children | Cosmo Hamilton
  • There were so many sets—those who yachted, danced, and golfed; those who danced and golfed; and those who merely golfed.

    The Blower of Bubbles | Arthur Beverley Baxter
  • During this summer I golfed very determinedly, buoyed up by the vain hope of becoming a first-class player—a "scratch" man.

British Dictionary definitions for golf (1 of 2)


/ (ɡɒlf) /

    • 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

    • (as modifier): a golf bag

  1. (intr) to play golf

Origin of golf

C15: perhaps from Middle Dutch colf club

British Dictionary definitions for Golf (2 of 2)


/ (ɡɒlf) /

  1. communications a code word for the letter g

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