birdie

noun
bird·​ie | \ ˈbər-dē How to pronounce birdie (audio) \
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

birdie

verb
birdied; birdieing

Definition of birdie (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to score a birdie on

Examples of birdie in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

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

Hideki Matsuyama launched his putter skyward as his birdie putt on No. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "3M Open: Hideki Matsuyama’s putting prowess has him in contention," 4 July 2019 On this day, Woodland finally did have it, capping off his final round with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for his first major title. Tim Dahlberg, The Denver Post, "Dahlberg: You got this! Amy and U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland," 17 June 2019 Koepka chipped to 10 feet and narrowly missed the birdie putt. Doug Ferguson, Anchorage Daily News, "Woodland denies history with US Open title at Pebble Beach," 17 June 2019 Koepka chipped to 10 feet and narrowly missed the birdie putt. Doug Ferguson, Houston Chronicle, "Gary Woodland claims U.S. Open title at Pebble Beach," 17 June 2019 On this day, Woodland finally did have it, capping off his final round with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for his first major title. Tim Dahlberg, chicagotribune.com, "‘You got this!’ The story behind Amy and the U.S. Open champion," 17 June 2019 The chip shot was not easy, but Woodland pulled it off with ease, hitting to 3 feet and then making the birdie putt. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "U.S. Open: Long-Driving Gary Woodland Putts His Way to Victory," 16 June 2019 While Green was waiting on the fairway, Park was up on the green, burying a lengthy birdie putt to move to 8 under for the tournament, one shot behind Green. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Not even Hannah Green thought she could win at Hazeltine, but she did," 23 June 2019 One of those is 2018 champion Sung Hyun Park, who won with a 9-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Illinois. Jill Martin, CNN, "Prepare for a soccer binge -- plus the Women's PGA Championship and the College World Series," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

She parred holes No. 13-15, then birdied No. 16 to push her lead back to two shots. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Not even Hannah Green thought she could win at Hazeltine, but she did," 23 June 2019 Woods birdied 15 for his first outright lead of the tournament. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, nola.com, "A day at the Masters unlike any other: Tiger Woods takes his place in sports history," 15 Apr. 2019 Among the other top performances of the day, Jonathan Feldkamp of TPC River’s Bend birdied six of the first 10 holes to beat Chris Rossi 4&3. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Will Grimmer, defending champ advance at Tony Blom Metropolitan Amateur Championship," 28 June 2018 Brooke Henderson birdied the final three holes Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a two-stroke lead over Annie Park in the Meijer LPGA Classic, with Coral Springs’ Lexi Thompson three shots back after matching the course record with a 62. sun-sentinel.com, "Springs’ Lexi Thompson shoots 62 to contend at Meijer," 15 June 2019 In a gentle start to the toughest test in golf, Rose birdied his last three holes Thursday for a 6-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead on a day so accommodating that more than three dozen players broke par. Doug Ferguson, The Denver Post, "Justin Rose opens with 65 to tie Pebble record at U.S. Open," 13 June 2019 The three-time major winner birdied the par-4 second, adding a par on the third. The Si Staff, SI.com, "2019 U.S. Open Live Blog: Tracking Tiger, Koepka and Round One Leaders at Pebble," 13 June 2019 The Fort Vancouver graduate birdied two of the final four holes during the afternoon for a 2-under 70, which allowed Tibbits to finish one shot ahead of two players that tied for fourth at 138. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State sophomore Spencer Tibbits qualifies for U.S. Open at Pebble Beach," 3 June 2019 Grimmer then birdied the par-3 14th after putting his drive within six feet. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Grimmer, Squires to play for Met golf championships," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of birdie

Noun

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1921, in the meaning defined above

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birdie

noun

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

birdie

verb

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

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

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