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caddie

or cad·dy

[kad-ee]
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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.
  3. caddie cart.
  4. any rigidly structured, wheeled device for carrying or moving around heavy objects: a luggage caddie.
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verb (used without object), cad·died, cad·dy·ing.
  1. to work as a caddie.
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Origin of caddie

1625–35; earlier cadee, variant of cadet < French; see cadet
Can be confusedcaddie caddy catty

caddy2

[kad-ee]
noun, plural cad·dies, verb (used without object), cad·died, cad·dy·ing.
  1. caddie.
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Examples from the Web for caddied

Historical Examples

  • But he had cannied and caddied in the wrong way, pecuniarily.

    My Life

    Josiah Flynt

  • Well, I oughter, considerin' the times I've caddied for yer!

  • He caddied that summer only for golfers of the better sort, and for Sharon Whipple, choosing his employ with nice discrimination.

    The Wrong Twin

    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for caddied

caddy1

noun plural -dies
  1. mainly British a small container, esp for tea
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Word Origin

C18: from Malay kati; see catty ²

caddy2

noun, verb plural -dies or -dies, -dying or -died
  1. a variant spelling of caddie
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caddie

caddy

noun plural -dies
  1. golf an attendant who carries clubs, etc, for a player
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verb -dies, -dying or -died
  1. (intr) to act as a caddie
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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 caddied

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."

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caddy

n.

"small box for tea," 1792, from Malay kati a weight equivalent to about a pound and a third (in English from 1590s as catty), adopted as a standard mid-18c. by British companies in the East Indies. Apparently the word for a measure of tea was transferred to the chest it was carried in.

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