gulf

[ guhlf ]
/ gʌlf /

noun

a portion of an ocean or sea partly enclosed by land.
a deep hollow; chasm or abyss.
any wide separation, as in position, status, or education.
something that engulfs or swallows up.

verb (used with object)

to swallow up; engulf.

Origin of gulf

1300–50; Middle English go(u)lf < Old French golfe < Italian golfo < Late Greek kólphos, Greek kólpos bosom, lap, bay

OTHER WORDS FROM gulf

gulf·like, adjectivegulf·y, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH gulf

bay cove gulf inlet
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British Dictionary definitions for gulf (1 of 2)

gulf
/ (ɡʌlf) /

noun

a large deep bay
a deep chasm
something that divides or separates, such as a lack of understanding
something that engulfs, such as a whirlpool

verb

(tr) to swallow up; engulf

Derived forms of gulf

gulflike, adjectivegulfy, adjective

Word Origin for gulf

C14: from Old French golfe, from Italian golfo, from Greek kolpos

British Dictionary definitions for gulf (2 of 2)

Gulf
/ (ɡʌlf) /

noun the Gulf

the Persian Gulf
Australian
  1. the Gulf of Carpentaria
  2. (modifier) of, relating to, or adjoining the GulfGulf country
NZ the Hauraki Gulf
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Scientific definitions for gulf

gulf
[ gŭlf ]

A large body of ocean or sea water that is partly surrounded by land.
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