noun, plural cad·dies.

a container, rack, or other device for holding, organizing, or storing items: a pencil caddy; a bedspread caddy.
Chiefly British. tea caddy.

Nearby words

  1. caddish,
  2. caddishly,
  3. caddisworm,
  4. caddo,
  5. caddoan,
  6. caddy spoon,
  7. cade,
  8. cade, jack,
  9. cadelle,
  10. cadence

Origin of caddy

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



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


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

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British Dictionary definitions for caddy



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 caddy
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