• 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.
  • Golf, the letter G in the ICAO spelling alphabet.


  • To play the game of golf.
  • To write something in as few characters as possible (e.g. in code golf, regex golf)


  • 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, colf, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *kulbĂ´ ("club"), related to German Kolben ("piston, rod"), Swedish kolv ("piston, rod"), Old English clopp ("rock; cliff").

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