bird·​ie | \ˈbər-dē \
plural birdies

Definition of birdie 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a little bird

2 : a golf score of one stroke less than par on a hole — compare eagle entry 1

3 : shuttlecock In Asia, badminton is an obsession … . In one preliminary match in Malaysia, 21,000 people came out to watch the speeding birdie.— Jennifer Boeth


birdied; birdieing

Definition of birdie (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to score a birdie on

Examples of birdie in a Sentence


I made a birdie on the fifth hole. I made birdie on the fifth hole.


She birdied the second hole.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Australian birdied 10, 12, and 13, while Koepka missed short birdie putts at 12, 13, and 14. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Brooks Koepka holds off Tiger Woods, Adam Scott to win PGA Championship," 12 Aug. 2018 Fleetwood missed an 8-footer for birdie on the 18th that would have given him the record for this tournament and tied the 62 Branden Grace shot in last year's British Open for lowest round in any major. CBS News, "Brooks Koepka wins U.S. Open for 2nd straight year," 17 June 2018 Girls 15-18 Division Playing on Torrey Pines North, Taiwan’s Chang Tzu-Yi made five birdies for the third straight day, shot 2-under 70 and won by four shots with an 8-under total. Tod Leonard,, "Aussie grinds out Junior World win; Taiwan girl cruises," 13 July 2018 Scott Stallings carded a 9 on one hole Carnage alert: Scott Stallings made two birdies on the front nine & still turned in 42. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "5 stats that show the U.S. Open course is eating golfers alive," 14 June 2018 Perry three-putted for bogey on the par-4 seventh and missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th. Andrew Seligman,, "Illinois golf coach Mike Small tied for lead in Senior Players Championship at Exmoor," 12 July 2018 That was the case again when Woods took momentum to the back nine at TPC Potomac and then missed a birdie putt from 6 feet on the 10th. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods has familiar letdown after charging up the leaderboard," 1 July 2018 The weirdest of them all occurred on his 12th hole of the day at the par-4 third hole, where his third shot — an 18-foot birdie putt — landed just shy of the hole, hanging on the lip of the cup. Christopher Hanna,, "From Best Round To Top Moments, Here Are The 2018 Travelers Highlights," 25 June 2018 Consecutive birdies brought Mullinax to 8-under on the day, which would’ve topped any score on the tournament. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "Trey Mullinax breaks Texas Open record with a 10-under 62," 21 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After a 4-under 32 on the front nine on the front nine, Finau and Summerhays birdied Nos. Ron Higgins,, "Two teams tied for Zurich Classic first-round lead," 27 Apr. 2018 After birdieing on both holes in the first round, McIlroy failed to do so Friday. Christopher Hanna,, "McIlroy Still In Contention After Average Second Round At Travelers," 23 June 2018 The 2018 Masters champion birdied five of his seven holes and held a lead at one point early in the final round. Joe Juliano,, "Tommy Fleetwood tied a U.S. Open record, but he needed one more shot," 17 June 2018 Henderson and Hedwall each birdied the final two holes at Highland Meadows, which are par 5s., "Robert Rock takes two-shot lead at Scottish Open," 14 July 2018 The birdie was required because, two groups in front of Thorp, Chase Sienkiewicz, of Carmichael, birdied the 17th and 18th to charge with a 3-under-par 69 that put him at 3 under overall. Tod Leonard,, "Aussie grinds out Junior World win; Taiwan girl cruises," 13 July 2018 Squires bogeyed 14 to go two back, then birdied 15. James Weber,, "Mariemont grad Will Grimmer continues hot summer with Met golf championship," 1 July 2018 Sei Young Kim, a six-time winner in the LPGA who has just two top-10 finishes to her credit this year, birdied five consecutive holes, from No. 15 through No. 1, during her incomplete round. Joe Juliano,, "Mariah Stackhouse has a chance to become first-ever African-American woman to win an LPGA Tour event," 9 June 2018 Fleetwood and Paisley, a pair of United Kingdom natives, also birdied Nos. Ron Higgins,, "Two teams tied for Zurich Classic first-round lead," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of birdie


1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1921, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of birdie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small bird

golf : a score of one stroke less than par on a hole



English Language Learners Definition of birdie (Entry 2 of 2)

: to score a birdie on (a hole in golf)

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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