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1530s, Scots divot (turf), of unclear origin. The Scots word also appeared as devat, diffat, and the earliest form (1435), duvat(e).


  • IPA(key): /ˈdɪvət/
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divot (plural divots)

  1. (especially golf) A torn-up piece of turf, especially by a golf club in making a stroke or by a horse's hoof.
    • 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, New York: Scribner, 1953, Chapter 8, p. 155,[1]
      Usually her voice came over the wire as something fresh and cool, as if a divot from a green golf-links had come sailing in at the office window, but this morning it seemed harsh and dry.
    • 2007, Lewis Crofts, The Pornographer of Vienna, London: Old Street, Chapter 1, p. 4,[2]
      Soon, thick dark tufts of hair began to spread across his scalp, hanging over his ears, a moor of unruly divots which he was first unable to tame and with time willingly cultivated.
  2. A disruption in an otherwise smooth contour.
    • 2004, Aron Ralston, 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Simon and Schuster, published 2011, page 68:
      In these coldest hours before dawn, from three until six, I take up my knife again and hack at the chockstone. I continue to make minimal but visible progress in the divot.



divot (third-person singular simple present divots, present participle divoting, simple past and past participle divoted)

  1. (transitive, especially golf) To tear up pieces of turf from, especially with a golf club in making a stroke.