What does golf mean?

Definitions for golfgɒlf, gɔlf; Brit. also gɒf

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word golf.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. golf, golf game(verb)

    a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes

  2. golf(verb)

    play golf


  1. golf(Noun)

    A ball game played by individuals competing against one another in which the object is to hit a ball into each of a series of (usually 18 or nine) holes in the minimum number of strokes.

  2. golf(Noun)

    The letter G in the ICAO spelling alphabet.

  3. golf(Verb)

    To play golf.

  4. Origin: The word is first known in English from the 15th century from . Although the etymology is uncertain, the most likely origin is that it comes from the colve or colf.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Golf(noun)

    a game played with a small ball and a bat or club crooked at the lower end. He who drives the ball into each of a series of small holes in the ground and brings it into the last hole with the fewest strokes is the winner

  2. Origin: [D. kolf club or bat, also a Dutch game played in an inclosed area with clubs and balls; akin to G. kolben club, but end, Icel. klfr tongue of a bell. bolt, Sw. kolf bolt, dart, but end, Dan. kolv bolt, arrow. Cf. Club, Globe.]


  1. Golf

    Golf is a precision club and ball sport in which competing players use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course using the fewest number of strokes. Golf is defined, in the rules of golf, as "playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules." It is one of the few ball games that does not require a standardized playing area. Instead, the game is played on a golf course, generally consisting of an arranged progression of either 9 or 18 "holes". Each hole on the course must contain a "tee box" to start from and a "putting green" with the actual hole, and there are various other standardized forms of terrain in between such as the fairway, rough, and hazards, but each hole on a course and indeed among virtually all courses is unique in its specific layout and arrangement. Golf competition is generally played for the lowest number of strokes by an individual, known simply as stroke play, or the lowest score on the most individual holes during a complete round by an individual or team, known as match play. Stroke play is the most commonly seen format at virtually all levels of play, although variations of match play such as "skins" games are also seen in televised events. Other forms of scoring also exist.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Golf

    golf, n. a game played with a club and ball, in which he who drives the ball into a series of small holes in the ground with fewest strokes is the winner.—ns. Golf′er; Golf′ing. [Dut. kolf, a club; cf. Ger. kolbe, Ice. kólfr.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Golf

    a game played with a bent club and a small ball on commons with short grass, in which the player who drives the ball into a succession of small holes in the ground, usually 18, with the fewest strokes, or who reckons up the most holes in the round by taking them with the fewest strokes, is the winner; an old popular Scotch game, and first introduced into English on Blackheath by James I., which has of late years been revived, and in connection with which clubs have established themselves far and wide over the globe, even at Bagdad.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Golf

    A game whose object is to sink a ball into each of 9 or 18 successive holes on a golf course using as few strokes as possible.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. GOLF

    An excuse for carrying unconcealed weapons and a Scotch breath.

Editors Contribution

  1. golf

    A game and sport played with a stick, ball and on a course.

    Golf is played in various forms around the world.

Suggested Resources

  1. GOLF

    What does GOLF stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the GOLF acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'golf' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3074

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'golf' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2231

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'golf' in Nouns Frequency: #1260


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of golf in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of golf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chad Pfeifer:

    Golf saved my life.

  2. Joan Johnson:

    It's just like golf.

  3. Kathryn Schaefer Plaum:


  4. Link Starbureiy:

    Giraffes don't play golf.

  5. Bo Dietl:

    The president is playing golf now.

Images & Illustrations of golf

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