Definition of divot in English:



  • 1A piece of turf cut out of the ground by a golf club in making a stroke or by a sports player's boot.

    ‘he hit a wedge shot and carved a hefty divot out of the fairway’
    • ‘If you are creating giant-size, King Kong divots, you're digging too deeply into the ground.’
    • ‘Then came the click as his iron met the ball and the immediate shower of turf that followed as his club gouged a divot.’
    • ‘I may be bald, but I'll never glue one of those divots on my head, and that's a promise.’
    • ‘With full swings, try to make divots on the target side of the line.’
    • ‘Practice hitting from divots, so you won't be in shock when you land in one.’
    • ‘Practice on grass if you can, and check your divots.’
    • ‘Hit with a descending blow, and even take a small divot.’
    • ‘Then pick out something close - a discoloration in the grass, a bush, an old divot - that's on the line of the shaft.’
    • ‘Normally I take big divots, but these wedges don't dig at all.’
    • ‘Believe it or not, players can learn as much from a brief examination of their divots as from any computer analysis of their swing.’
    • ‘If your divots are short and deep, it's because you're using too much right hand.’
    • ‘Jack Nicklaus, one of the game's best long-iron players, never seemed to take a divot.’
    • ‘If your divots are too deep with your irons or if you're taking divots with your driver, you need to flatten out your swing.’
    • ‘After every shot from the fairway, I always take a quick look at the divot I just made.’
    • ‘When you practice on natural grass, use the divots from your previous shots as guides for your next one.’
    • ‘Excluding the cost of fairway seeding, a typical program with bentgrass for greens, and divots on tees and fairways is about $2,500.’
    • ‘This should be evident in the shape and depth of your divots.’
    • ‘Instead of looking at the downside of things, when you walk into the fairway and find your drive in a divot, look on the positive side.’
    • ‘The one rule that I think is absolutely absurd is when they fill divots with sand and you're not allowed to lift your ball out of it.’
    • ‘He rarely takes big divots, so it's not a shot he fears.’
    1. 1.1A small hole made by the removal of a divot.
      ‘if your ball finds a divot to rest in’
      • ‘Bedi spun it like a top, the ball occasionally taking a divot out of the wet mud that passed for a wicket.’
      • ‘He was allowed, after 28 minutes, to dribble from midfield to the edge of the box, before the ball bobbled on one of the many divots.’
      • ‘It was impossible to dribble the ball for more than five yards before it hopped on a divot or dropped in a crumbly hole.’
  • 2Scottish A piece of turf, as formerly used for roofing cottages.


Early 16th century: of unknown origin.