noun, plural turfs, (especially British) turves.
- the neighborhood over which a street gang asserts its authority.
- a familiar area, as of residence or expertise: Denver is her turf. When you talk literature you're getting into my turf.
- the track over which horse races are run.
- the practice or sport of racing horses.
verb (used with object)
Origin of turf
Related Words for turfsoil, lawn, grass, sod, territory, track, terrain, earth, ground, sward, peat, domain, street, neighborhood, haunt, area, region, racetrack, bailiwick, greensward
Examples from the Web for turf
Contemporary Examples of turf
There might be some opportunities on trade and tax policy, but those will exist about 75 percent on Republican turf.Inside the Democrats’ Godawful Midterm Election Wipeout
November 5, 2014
The Democratic Party is defending more than a half-dozen seats on Republican-friendly turf.Dark Money Will Decide Which Party Controls the Senate
Center for Public Integrity
October 24, 2014
Obama traveled to Tampa Wednesday to meet with Austin about the ISIS strategy on his own turf.Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check in the War Against ISIS?
Eli Lake, Josh Rogin
September 17, 2014
Perhaps thanks to the surf and turf and the stellar Bordeaux and Sauvignon Blanc, there were no lost tempers.Up To A Point: My Problem With People Who Agree With Me
P. J. O’Rourke
July 20, 2014
Argentina and Belgium, earlier in the day, had fought out a fascinating duel, not unlike chess on turf.Costa Rica vs. the Netherlands: A Tale of Two Goalies
July 5, 2014
Historical Examples of turf
Well, sir, the next week I found him stealing my turf again!
Telephassa bade him sit down on the turf beside her, and then she took his hand.Tanglewood Tales
Where have you lived, my lady, all your life, not to know a turf stack when you see it?
The origin of these turf monuments is still a matter of controversy.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
But light be the turf upon his breast who taught "Reverence thyself!"The Letters of Robert Burns
noun plural turfs or turves (tɜːvz)
- a track, usually of grass or dirt, where horse races are run
- horse racing as a sport or industry
Word Origin for turf
Old English turf, tyrf "slab of soil and grass," also "surface of grassland," from Proto-Germanic *turb- (cf. Old Norse torf, Danish tørv, Old Frisian turf, Old High German zurba, German Torf), from PIE root *drbh- (cf. Sanskrit darbhah "tuft of grass").
French tourbe "turf" is a Germanic loan-word. The Old English plural was identical with the singluar, but in Middle English turves sometimes was used. Slang meaning "territory claimed by a gang" is attested from 1953 in Brooklyn, N.Y.; earlier it had a jive talk sense of "the street, the sidewalk" (1930s), which is attested in hobo use from 1899, and before that "the work and venue of a prostitute" (1860). Turf war is recorded from 1962.
early 15c., "to cover (ground) with turf," from turf (n.). Related: Turfed; turfing.