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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for birdies
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  • O, cruel Tom, let birdies be, And blithely sing from bush and tree.

  • You forget I had eaten a few strawberries—just to encourage the birdies.

    Afterwards Kathlyn Rhodes
  • I guess heres where the birdies and butterflies had their Sabbath School.

  • "So my birdies must coo at midnight on the house-tops," he finally remarked.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • Why, sis, do you want our chickens and birdies all carried off?

  • Now, birdies, you don't know what a fright I'm going to give you—off you go!

    A Little Boy Lost

    W. H. Hudson
  • So she lives wherever I do not, and we get along like birdies in their little nest.

    Sunny Slopes

    Ethel Hueston
  • "'Bout time ye woke up and listened to the birdies," Tim chaffed.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • Soft skies and sweet flowers are very nice things, birdies; but rough winds and freedom are better for the soul.

    Caper-Sauce Fanny Fern
  • So he came back and found us, listening to the birdies singing, as you would put it.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for birdies


(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 birdies



"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 birdies



Thin, bony legs (1950s+)

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hear the birdies sing

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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