from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A game played on a large outdoor course with a series of 9 or 18 holes spaced far apart, the object being to propel a small, hard ball with the use of various clubs into each hole with as few strokes as possible.
- intransitive v. To play this game.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. The letter G in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
- v. To play golf.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To play at golf.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A game played over an extensive stretch of ground in which holes about 4 inches in diameter are placed at distances from 100 to 500 yards apart.
- To play at golf.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
- v. play golf
Middle English.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The word is first known in English from the 15th century from Scots. Although the etymology is uncertain, the most likely origin is that it comes from the Middle Dutch colve or colf ("club"). (Wiktionary)