birdie

[bur-dee]
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noun

a small bird.
Golf. a score of one stroke under par on a hole.
a shuttlecock.

verb (used with object), bird·ied, bird·ie·ing.

Golf. to make a birdie on (a hole).

Origin of birdie

First recorded in 1785–95; bird + -ie
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birdie

noun

golf a score of one stroke under par for a hole
informal a bird, esp a small bird

verb

(tr) golf to play (a hole) in one stroke under par
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Word Origin and History for birdie
n.

"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).

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