- 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.
nounpl. turfs or Archaicturves
- 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 of turfMiddle 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
nounpl. 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.
- Informal a. The range of the authority or influence of a person, group, or thing; a bailiwick: “a bureaucracy &ellipsis; concerned with turf, promotions, the budget, and protecting the retirement system” (Harper's). See Synonyms at field.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.
transitive verbturfed, turf·ing, turfs turfs
- To spread with turf: turfed the front yard.
- Chiefly British Slang To throw out, as from a place or position; eject: “when Adam and Eve got turfed out of Eden” (Malachy McCourt).
- Slang To kill: “These guys can't &ellipsis; make sure nobody gets turfed” (Scott Turow).
Origin of turfMiddle English, from Old English.
(plural turfs or turves or turf)
(third-person singular simple present turfs, present participle turfing, simple past and past participle turfed)
- to create a lawn by laying turfs
- (Ultimate Frisbee) To throw a frisbee well short of its intended target, usually causing it to hit the ground within 10 yards of its release.
- (business) To fire from a job or dismiss from a task.
- Eight managers were turfed after the merger of the two companies.
- (business) To cancel a project or product.
- The company turfed the concept car because the prototype performed poorly.
From Middle English turf, torf, from Old English turf (â€œturf, sod, soil, piece of grass covered earth, greenswardâ€), from Proto-Germanic *turbaz (â€œturf, lawnâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *dorbh- (â€œtuft, grassâ€). Cognate with Dutch turf (â€œturfâ€), Low German torf (â€œturfâ€), German dialectal Turbe (â€œturfâ€), German Torf (â€œpeat, turfâ€), Swedish torf (â€œturfâ€), Icelandic torf (â€œturfâ€), Sanskrit [script?] (darbha, â€œa kind of grassâ€).