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birdie Line breaks: bir¦die
Pronunciation: /ˈbəːdi/

Definition of birdie in English:

noun (plural birdies)

1 informal A child’s term for a bird.
Example sentences
  • His cartooning never condescends to its subject, even when he's drawing his pitiful owl terrifying the birdies he wants to play with.
  • I have some pet birdies -- a red factor canary and two green singer finches.
  • Those little birdies now have hope because of you.
2 Golf A score of one stroke under par at a hole: [as modifier]: he finished with a birdie two on the 18th
More example sentences
  • On the last hole of the 1986 Masters, needing only a par to tie Jack Nicklaus and a birdie to win outright, his iron shot flew far right of the green again.
  • After an eagle and six birdies Westwood needed to birdie the 433-yard last to equal the course best of 63.
  • Casey went out at 8.31 and this was a day when the early birds caught the birdies.

verb (birdies, birdying, birdied)

[with object] Golf Back to top  
Play (a hole) with a score of one stroke under par: Drummond birdied the 16th and 17th for a 73
More example sentences
  • Tiger Woods birdied the final hole to take an outright lead after a high-scoring first round of the US Open in Long Island.
  • I parred the hole and won by two shots over Gil Morgan, who birdied the final hole.
  • Woods teed-off, birdied the first hole and began his assault on the leaderboard.

Origin

Late 18th century: diminutive of bird; the golf term from US slang bird, denoting any first-rate thing.

Words that rhyme with birdie

curdy, hurdy-gurdy, nerdy, sturdy, vinho verde, wordy

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