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



noun, plural cad·dies, verb (used without object), cad·died, cad·dy·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for caddied

Historical Examples of caddied

  • But he had cannied and caddied in the wrong way, pecuniarily.

    My Life

    Josiah Flynt

  • Well, I oughter, considerin' the times I've caddied for yer!

  • He caddied that summer only for golfers of the better sort, and for Sharon Whipple, choosing his employ with nice discrimination.

    The Wrong Twin

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for caddied



noun plural -dies

mainly British a small container, esp for tea

Word Origin for caddy

C18: from Malay kati; see catty ²



noun, verb plural -dies or -dies, -dying or -died

a variant spelling of 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 caddied



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."



"small box for tea," 1792, from Malay kati a weight equivalent to about a pound and a third (in English from 1590s as catty), adopted as a standard mid-18c. by British companies in the East Indies. Apparently the word for a measure of tea was transferred to the chest it was carried in.

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