- a small cavity, into which a marble, ball, or the like is to be played.
- a score made by so playing.
- the circular opening in a green into which the ball is to be played.
- a part of a golf course from a tee to the hole corresponding to it, including fairway, rough, and hazards.
- the number of strokes taken to hit the ball from a tee into the hole corresponding to it.
verb (used with object), holed, hol·ing.
verb (used without object), holed, hol·ing.
- to go into a hole; retire for the winter, as a hibernating animal.
- to hide, as from pursuers, the police, etc.: The police think the bank robbers are holed up in Chicago.
- in debt; in straitened circumstances: After Christmas I am always in the hole for at least a month.
- Baseball, Softball. pitching or batting with the count of balls or balls and strikes to one's disadvantage, especially batting with a count of two strikes and one ball or none.
- Stud Poker. being the card or one of the cards dealt face down in the first round: a king in the hole.
Origin of hole
SYNONYMS FOR hole
Related formshole·less, adjectivehol·ey, adjective
Examples from the Web for holey
When Orlean recently tweeted the question, “Is it ‘holy moly’ or ‘holey moley’ or ‘holy moley’?”
I hunted out the holey socks and then I turned my attention to the trunk.Talbot's Angles|Amy E. Blanchard
He had not had a really satisfying meal since leaving Holey Lake.South from Hudson Bay|E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
Don't get thinkin' of somethin' else and come down with one whole and one holey, same as you did last time.Kent Knowles: Quahaug|Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for holey (1 of 2)
adjective holeyer or holeyest
British Dictionary definitions for holey (2 of 2)
- the cup on each of the greens
- each of the divisions of a course (usually 18) represented by the distance between the tee and a green
- the score made in striking the ball from the tee into the hole
- a vacancy in a nearly full band of quantum states of electrons in a semiconductor or an insulator. Under the action of an electric field holes behave as carriers of positive charge
- (as modifier)hole current
- a vacancy in the nearly full continuum of quantum states of negative energy of fermions. A hole appears as the antiparticle of the fermion
- in debt
- (of a card, the hole card, in stud poker) dealt face down in the first round
Word Origin for hole
Science definitions for holey
Idioms and Phrases with holey
In addition to the idioms beginning with hole
- hole in one
- hole in the wall
- hole up
- ace in the hole
- black hole
- in a bind (hole)
- in the hole
- money burns a hole in one's pocket
- need like a hole in the head
- pick holes in
- square peg in a round hole