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caddie

or caddy

[kad-ee] /ˈkæd i/
noun
1.
Golf. a person hired to carry a player's clubs, find the ball, etc.
2.
a person who runs errands, does odd jobs, etc.
4.
any rigidly structured, wheeled device for carrying or moving around heavy objects:
a luggage caddie.
verb (used without object), caddied, caddying.
5.
to work as a caddie.
Origin of caddie
1625-1635
1625-35; earlier cadee, variant of cadet < French; see cadet
Can be confused
caddie, caddy, catty.
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Examples from the Web for caddie
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  • But I wonder if caddie would think we were thick, too, if we told him to move on?

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • "I ain't asked you to do what ain't right, caddie," he asseverated.

    Country Neighbors

    Alice Brown
  • caddie put out a hand, and fastened it upon his in an inexorable clasp.

    Country Neighbors

    Alice Brown
  • "They're afraid o' gettin' old an' they're afraid o' gettin' fleshy," caddie announced.

    Country Neighbors

    Alice Brown
  • “I wish you wouldn't talk when I am about to drive,” he complained to a caddie.

    Penguin Persons & Peppermints Walter Prichard Eaton
  • He roused himself, leaned over the rail, and called a caddie.

    Penguin Persons & Peppermints Walter Prichard Eaton
  • If you have no caddie, do not order your opponent's caddie about as if you were paying for his services.

  • There were some strange specimens of the caddie species at Ganton when I was there.

British Dictionary definitions for caddie

caddie

/ˈkædɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(golf) an attendant who carries clubs, etc, for a player
verb -dies, -dying, -died
2.
(intransitive) to act as a caddie
Word Origin
C17 (originally: a gentleman learning the military profession by serving in the army without a commission, hence C18 (Scottish): a person looking for employment, an errand-boy): from French cadet
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Word Origin and History for caddie
n.

1630s, Scottish form of French cadet (see cadet). Originally "person who runs errands;" meaning of "golfer's assistant" is 1851. A letter from Edinburgh c.1730 describes the city's extensive and semi-organized "Cawdys, a very useful Black-Guard, who attend ... publick Places to go at Errands; and though they are Wretches, that in Rags lye upon the Stairs and in the Streets at Night, yet are they often considerably trusted .... This Corps has a kind of Captain ... presiding over them, whom they call the Constable of the Cawdys."

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

Cad

noun

A Cadillac car: And we'll rent a black Caddy (1920s+)

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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