golf

[golf, gawlf; British also gof]
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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British Dictionary definitions for golfing

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 golfing

golf

v.

c.1800, golf (n.). Related: Golfed; golfing.

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 .

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