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[bur-dee] /ˈbɜr di/
a small bird.
Golf. a score of one stroke under par on a hole.
a shuttlecock.
verb (used with object), birdied, birdieing.
Golf. to make a birdie on (a hole).
Origin of birdie
First recorded in 1785-95; bird + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mego knew, as well as did the Woman and "Scotty," that birdie meant no harm.

    Baldy of Nome Esther Birdsall Darling
  • Please dig some roots up, Lucy, and we'll plant them on birdie's grave.

    Hoodie Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  • birdie swung herself to the side of the bed; her wealth of crow-blue hair fell over her shoulders; sleep trembled on her lashes.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • birdie laughed dutifully, but her retort was rather disconcerting.

  • And he said—it was so like him—'We'll offer her a grandfather, anyhow, birdie.'

    Arundel Edward Frederic Benson
  • "Aboot the cross-bow an' the birdie, ye ken," answered David, in a tone of surprise.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • birdie and my own Staff disliked the idea of chancing mines with million pound ships.

  • I shouted to birdie and we turned and ran for it—for our lives, I mean.

British Dictionary definitions for birdie


(golf) a score of one stroke under par for a hole
(informal) a bird, esp a small bird
(transitive) (golf) to play (a hole) in one stroke under par
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Word Origin and History for birdie

"little bird," 1792, from bird (n.1) + -ie. As golf slang for "a hole played one under par," by 1908, perhaps from bird (n.) in American English slang sense of "exceptionally clever or accomplished person or thing" (1839).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for birdie



Strange, possibly crazy: acts birdy during her period

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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