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


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

Tiger Woods set off his own July 4th fireworks Friday in the second round of the Quicken Loans National, torching TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm with 7 birdies and signing for a 5-under-par 65. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods sets off early fireworks with 65 to get into contention at National," 29 June 2018 Kostouros had four birdies and three bogeys Saturday. Mike Hutton, Post-Tribune, "Heating up: Ball State recruit Yianni Kostouros shoots low score at Kankakee Valley Invitational," 28 Apr. 2018 Five birdies in the first eight holes of his third round put Woods in position to make a stronger charge up the leaderboard. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Brooks Koepka Leads, Tiger Woods in Contention at PGA Championship," 11 Aug. 2018 Roared on by the large galleries in her home country, the 22-year-old Hall only took the lead for the first time after a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 16th hole and stayed steady to post 5-under 67. Fox News, "Hall wins Women's British Open for 1st major title," 5 Aug. 2018 The 24-year-old Kim pushed his lead to three shots by hitting a wedge from 111 yards to within 5 feet for birdie on the par-4 13th., "Robert Rock takes two-shot lead at Scottish Open," 14 July 2018 Ryu made a 20-footer for birdie from the fringe, and Park followed from 10 feet. Andrew Seligman,, "Sung Hyun Park beats So Yeon Ryu, Nasa Hataoko in playoff to win KPMG Women's PGA," 1 July 2018 Tiger got out clean and rolled within 8 feet of the cup for birdie. Adam Woodard, USA TODAY, "Tiger Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' Saturday round at his tournament, the Quicken Loans National," 30 June 2018 In the final round of the 2018 Travelers Championship, Bubba Watson hits his 77-yard approach shot on the par-4 18th hole to 3 feet, then sinks the putt for birdie. Deaundra Allen, kansascity, "His mission was to make neighborhoods better ... and 22 years later, he's done it," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Both birdied the par-3 second hole after putting their tee shots within five feet. James Weber,, "Mariemont grad Will Grimmer continues hot summer with Met golf championship," 1 July 2018 Watson birdied the 18th hole to jump to 17-under, the winning score in his third Travelers triumph. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Bubba Watson Comes From Behind In Final Round To Win Third Travelers Championship," 24 June 2018 Creamer birdied her last two holes for a 66 that put her at 135 and in a four-way tie for fifth among those who completed the second round. Joe Juliano,, "France native Celin Herbin, a former biochemical engineer, vies for ShopRite LPGA title contender," 9 June 2018 Woods and Mickelson birdied the same hole just once all day. Edgar Thompson,, "Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson duel fizzles during opening round at TPC," 11 May 2018 In the final group, Langer made par and Flesch birdied to create a three-way tie for the playoff. Dennis Manoloff,, "PGA Champions Tour 2018: Final results for Mitsubishi Classic (Steve Flesch winner in playoff)," 14 Apr. 2018 Woods, who shot a 1-under 70 in Thursday's opening round to sit three strokes behind leader Corey Conners, birdied Nos. Matt Bonesteel,, "Tiger Woods surges to the top of a PGA Tour leaderboard for the first time since 2015," 9 Mar. 2018 Kevin Chappell, who spent most of his round watching Spieth put on a show, birdied the 18th for a 67 and was two shots behind. Doug Ferguson, Fox News, "Spieth part of 3-way tie for British lead as Woods lurks," 21 July 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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