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bird·​ie ˈbər-dē How to pronounce birdie (audio)
plural birdies
: a little bird
: a golf score of one stroke less than par on a hole compare eagle entry 1
: 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


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birdied; birdieing

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
One-under through his first nine holes, 31-year-old McCarthy powered home with seven consecutive birdies to card a joint tournament best nine-under 63 and leave Bhatia needing a closing birdie of his own just to make a playoff at 20-under overall – nine shots clear of Rory McIlroy in third. Jack Bantock, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 His round featured five birdies, including four in a row. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2024 The four little birdies included in the set are small enough to be held while crawling, and their wings and legs add a fun textural element to feel and chew on. Maya Polton, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024 Peter Malnati rolled in five birdies, charged up the leaderboard and captured the Valspar Championship title on Sunday in Palm Harbor, Florida. Malnati, a 36-year-old former Missouri Tigers standout, won his second career PGA Tour event — and his first since November 2015. Kansas City Star, 24 Mar. 2024 The birdie would prove crucial as Woods went on to clinch the trophy by a single stroke ahead of Vijay Singh. Jack Bantock, CNN, 13 Mar. 2024 Taylor got his second round off to a shaky start before two birdies on the back nine moved him back into a tie for the lead with more than half the field still needing to finish Saturday. John Marshall, USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2024 Spiranac's six birdies for a 6-under 66 wasn't too bad, either. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 31 Jan. 2024 Then, Pavon walked off with a clinching birdie and group-mate Nicolai Hojgaard sneaked past Knapp with a birdie of his own. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Jan. 2024
Oosthuizen rebounded with a birdie on the 16th as Garcia birdied the 15th, each lifting himself into a tie for the lead Burmester at 11-under. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 7 Apr. 2024 Moments earlier, Cantlay came up with his best putt of the day to birdie the last hole and reach 13 under. Steve Galluzzo, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Cantlay settled for a 1-under 70, giving him a two-shot lead over Schauffele and Zalatoris, who each birdied the 16th and 17th holes for 65s. Doug Ferguson, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2024 Canadian Nick Taylor, 35, birdied three of the final four holes Sunday to force a playoff, and then prevailed over fellow longshot Charley Hoffman, 47, on the second playoff hole. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 After both players birdied the first replay of the final hole, only Taylor could repeat the feat at the subsequent try, sinking his third successive birdie on the 18th green in the space of an hour to clinch his fourth PGA Tour title and $1.58 million in prize money. Jack Bantock, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 Jaeger, who began the day 4-under after an opening-round 68 on the South, started on the North’s back nine and birdied five holes to move onto the leaderboard. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 At the qualifier at the Champions Club in Florida, Berry birdied his first two holes before bogeying the third hole. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 17 Jan. 2024 Joe Durant birdied his last three holes for a 68 to finish alone in third. Associated Press,, 17 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of birdie was in 1768

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“Birdie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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