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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for birdies

Historical Examples of birdies

  • 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.


    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?

British Dictionary definitions for birdies



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 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