or cad·dy



Golf. a person hired to carry a player's clubs, find the ball, etc.
a person who runs errands, does odd jobs, etc.
any rigidly structured, wheeled device for carrying or moving around heavy objects: a luggage caddie.

verb (used without object), cad·died, cad·dy·ing.

to work as a caddie.

Origin of caddie

1625–35; earlier cadee, variant of cadet < French; see cadet
Can be confusedcaddie caddy catty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for caddie

Contemporary Examples of caddie

Historical Examples of caddie

  • But I wonder if Caddie would think we were thick, too, if we told him to move on?

    Sonnie-Boy's People

    James B. Connolly

  • "I ain't asked you to do what ain't right, Caddie," he asseverated.

  • Caddie put out a hand, and fastened it upon his in an inexorable clasp.

  • "They're afraid o' gettin' old an' they're afraid o' gettin' fleshy," Caddie announced.

  • “I wish you wouldn't talk when I am about to drive,” he complained to a caddie.

British Dictionary definitions for caddie



noun plural -dies

golf an attendant who carries clubs, etc, for a player

verb -dies, -dying or -died

(intr) to act as a caddie

Word Origin for caddie

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 caddie

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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