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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), bird·ied, bird·ie·ing.

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

Nearby words

birdbrain, birdcage, birdcage clock, birder, birdhouse, birdie, birding, birdlike, birdlime, birdman, birds

Origin of birdie

First recorded in 1785–95; bird + -ie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for birdie


/ (ˈbɜːdɪ) /


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


(tr) 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