EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . 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
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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
I guess heres where the
birdies and butterflies had their Sabbath School.
birdies must coo at midnight on the house-tops," he finally remarked.
Why, sis, do you want our chickens and
birdies all carried off? British Dictionary definitions for birdies 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 birdies 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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