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[golf, gawlf; British also gof] /gɒlf, gɔlf; British also gɒf/

a game in which clubs with wooden or metal heads are used to hit a small, white ball into a number of holes, usually 9 or 18, in succession, situated at various distances over a course having natural or artificial obstacles, the object being to get the ball into each hole in as few strokes as possible.
a word used in communications to represent the letter G.
verb (used without object)
to play golf.

(intransitive) to play golf
(communications) a code word for the letter g

mid-15c., Scottish gouf, usually taken as an alteration of Middle Dutch colf, colve “stick, club, bat,” from Proto-Germanic *kulth- (cf. Old Norse kolfr “clapper of a bell,” German Kolben “mace, club”). The game is from 14c., the word is first mentioned (along with fut-bol) in a 1457 Scottish statute on forbidden games. Golf ball attested from 1540s. Despite what you read in an e-mail, “golf” is not an acronym.

c.1800, golf (n.). Related: Golfed; golfing.


An exclamation of woe, distress, shock, etc: He breaks open a mezuzah, nothing inside, gevalt! but a piece of paper that says ”Made in Japan”

[1960s+; fr Yiddish, ”powers,” hence an invocation of a higher force]
global oscillations at low frequency


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