Turf Definition

turfed, turfs, turves
A surface layer of earth containing grass plants with their matted roots; sod; sward.
Webster's New World
An artificial substitute for such a grassy layer, as on a playing field.
American Heritage
A piece of this layer.
Webster's New World
Peat, or a piece of it for use as fuel.
Webster's New World
The range of the authority or influence of a person, group, or thing; a bailiwick.
American Heritage
turfed, turfs
To cover with turf.
Webster's New World
To throw out, as from a place or position; eject.
American Heritage
To kill.
American Heritage

(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.
turf out
  • to throw out; remove, discard, dismiss, etc.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Turf


turves, turfs

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Turf

Origin of Turf

  • From Middle English turf, torf, from Old English turf (“turf, sod, soil, piece of grass covered earth, greensward"), from Proto-Germanic *turbaz (“turf, lawn"), from Proto-Indo-European *dorbh- (“tuft, grass"). Cognate with Dutch turf (“turf"), Low German torf (“turf"), German dialectal Turbe (“turf"), German Torf (“peat, turf"), Swedish torf (“turf"), Icelandic torf (“turf"), Sanskrit [script?] (darbha, “a kind of grass").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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