From Middle English gulf, goulf, golf, from Old French golf, from Italian golfo, from Late Latin colfos, from Ancient Greek κόλπος (kólpos, “bosom, gulf”).
gulf (plural gulfs)
- A hollow place in the earth; an abyss; a deep chasm or basin.
- (obsolete) That which swallows; the gullet.
- That which swallows irretrievably; a whirlpool; a sucking eddy.
- (geography) A portion of an ocean or sea extending into the land; a partially landlocked sea
- (mining) A large deposit of ore in a lode.
- (figuratively) A difference, especially a large difference, between groups.
- (Oxbridge slang) The bottom part of a list of those awarded a degree, for those who have only just passed.
gulf (third-person singular simple present gulfs, present participle gulfing, simple past and past participle gulfed)
- (Oxbridge slang, transitive) To award a degree to somebody who has only just passed sufficiently.