[ turf ]
/ tɜrf /
noun, plural turfs, (especially British) turves.
a layer of matted earth formed by grass and plant roots.
peat, especially as material for fuel.
a block or piece of peat dug for fuel.
- 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.
Chiefly British. a piece cut or torn from the surface of grassland; sod.
- the track over which horse races are run.
- the practice or sport of racing horses.
verb (used with object)
to cover with turf or sod.
British Slang. to remove from a desirable office or position; expel; kick out: He was turfed from leadership of the group.
Words nearby turf
Origin of turf
before 900; 1930–35 for def 5; Middle English, Old English, cognate with Dutch turf, German Torf (< LG), Old Norse torf, akin to Sanskrit darbha tuft of grass. See turbary
OTHER WORDS FROM turfturf·less, adjectiveturf·like, adjectivere·turf, verb (used with object)un·turfed, adjective
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The cost of these improvements amounted to several thousands of pounds—in levelling, planting, turfing, gravelling.
British Dictionary definitions for turfing
/ (tɜːf) /
noun plural turfs or turves (tɜːvz)
the surface layer of fields and pastures, consisting of earth containing a dense growth of grasses with their roots; sod
a piece cut from this layer, used to form lawns, verges, etc
- a track, usually of grass or dirt, where horse races are run
- horse racing as a sport or industry
US slang the territory or area of activity over which a person or group claims exclusive rights
an area of knowledge or influencehe's on home turf when it comes to music
another term for peat 1
go with the turf informal to be an unavoidable part of a particular situation or process
(tr) to cover with pieces of turf
Word Origin for turf
Old English; related to Old Norse torfa, Old High German zurba, Sanskrit darbha tuft of grass
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