caddy

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[kad-ee]
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noun, plural cad·dies.
  1. a container, rack, or other device for holding, organizing, or storing items: a pencil caddy; a bedspread caddy.
  2. Chiefly British. tea caddy.

Origin of caddy

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First recorded in 1785–95; see origin at tea caddy

caddy

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[kad-ee]
noun, plural cad·dies, verb (used without object), cad·died, cad·dy·ing.
  1. caddie.

caddie

or cad·dy

[kad-ee]
noun
  1. Golf. a person hired to carry a player's clubs, find the ball, etc.
  2. a person who runs errands, does odd jobs, etc.
  3. caddie cart.
  4. any rigidly structured, wheeled device for carrying or moving around heavy objects: a luggage caddie.
verb (used without object), cad·died, cad·dy·ing.
  1. to work as a caddie.

Origin of caddie

1625–35; earlier cadee, variant of cadet < French; see cadet
Can be confusedcaddie caddy catty
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caddy

1
noun plural -dies
  1. mainly British a small container, esp for tea

Word Origin for caddy

C18: from Malay kati; see catty ²

caddy

2
noun, verb plural -dies or -dies, -dying or -died
  1. a variant spelling of caddie

caddie

caddy

noun plural -dies
  1. golf an attendant who carries clubs, etc, for a player
verb -dies, -dying or -died
  1. (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 caddy
n.

"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.

caddie

n.

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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