Meaning of GOLF in English

I. ˈgälf, ˈgȯlf also ˈgäf or ˈgȯf sometimes ˈgəlf noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English (Scots), probably modification of Middle Dutch colf, colve club, stick used in a game resembling golf or field hockey; akin to Old High German kolbo club, Old Norse kōlfr clapper of a bell, bulb, arrow, Latin galla gallnut — more at gall

1. : a game whose object is to sink a golf ball into each of the 9 or 18 successive holes on a golf course by using as few strokes of a golf club as possible and avoiding various natural or artificial hazards or obstacles — compare approach , drive , fairway , match play , medal play , putt , putting green , rough , tee

2. or golf red : blood red

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb

: to play golf

transitive verb

: to hit as if with a golf club : loft

the batter golfed a pop fly


Usage: usually capitalized

— a communications code word for the letter g

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.