- Turf is defined as a surface or layer of the Earth with grass plants, sod or peat, or the space for a horse race, or slang for someone's home territory.
- An example of turf is a patch of lawn.
- An example of turf is a baseball team's home field.
- An example of turf is the area that a gang sees as their own.
- Turf is defined as to cover with earth, plants, sod or peat.
An example of turf is to change a cemented area into grass.
turf definition by Webster's New World
- a surface layer of earth containing grass plants with their matted roots; sod; sward
- Chiefly Brit. a piece of this layer
- peat, or a piece of it for use as fuel
- a track for horse racing; also, the sport of horse racing: usually with the
- ☆ Slang
- a neighborhood area regarded by a street gang as its own territory to be defended against other gangs
- one's own territory or domain
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English akin to Old Norse torf ; from Indo-European an unverified form dorbhos, sod, tuft of grass ; from base an unverified form derbh-, to twist together
- turfy adjective
turf definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. turfs turfs also turves
- a. A surface layer of earth containing a dense growth of grass and its matted roots; sod.b. An artificial substitute for such a grassy layer, as on a playing field.
- A piece cut from a layer of earth or sod.
- A piece of peat that is burned for use as fuel.
- Slang a. The range of the authority or influence of a person, group, or thing; a bailiwick: “a bureaucracy … concerned with turf, promotions, the budget, and protecting the retirement system” (Harper's).b. A geographical area; a territory.c. The area claimed by a gang, as of youths, as its personal territory.
- Sports a. A racetrack.b. The sport or business of racing horses.
- To spread with turf: turfed the front yard.
- Chiefly British Slang To displace or eject.
- Slang To kill: “These guys can't . . . make sure nobody gets turfed” (Scott Turow).
Origin: Middle English, from Old English.
- turfˈy adjective
turf - Phrases/Idioms