Definition of golf in English:


Syllabification: golf
Pronunciation: /gälf, gôlf


1A game played on a large open-air course, in which a small hard ball is struck with a club into a series of small holes in the ground, the object being to use the fewest possible strokes to complete the course.

A golf course usually has 18 holes, each set in a smooth lawn (a green) separated from the others by stretches of smooth grass (fairways), rough ground, sand-filled bunkers, and other hazards. Various clubs are used to hit the ball from a tee toward the green and then putt it into the hole

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  • A man was playing a game of golf, and on hole 16, he hit the ball right into a field of buttercups.
  • Another choice is a game of golf at either of the two nearby 18-hole courses.
  • You'll be able to watch live premiership games, basketball, golf, cricket, and all sorts.
2A code word representing the letter G, used in radio communication.


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Play golf: (as noun golfing) a week’s golfing
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  • The idea behind pasture golf is golfing without all the pomp and circumstance.
  • The aim of the championship golf tournament is to promote youth golfing in the region.
  • He's pretty healthy, golfing almost every day, hanging out with his friends at night.


late Middle English (originally Scots): perhaps related to Dutch kolf 'club, bat', used as a term in several Dutch games; golf, however, is recorded before these games.



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  • And the point is that no other golfer would have the same impact.
  • By far the most gifted golfer of our time, perhaps of all time.
  • The American is taking nothing for granted as he bids to become the first ever golfer to win all four majors in one season.

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