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 On the seventh hole, Thorbjornsen made his 16th birdie of the day to bring the lead back to 8-up. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 Merritt, who was in the final group with Niemann, made his fourth birdie in a five-hole stretch to share the lead at 17. Larry Lage, ajc, 5 July 2021 Merritt, who was in the final group with Niemann, made his fourth birdie in a five-hole stretch to share the lead at 17. Larry Lage, Star Tribune, 4 July 2021 Gaby Lopez made a late-round run at Ko, closing to within a shot with her seventh birdie of the day at the 17th. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, 4 July 2021 Mickelson’s junior, experienced stunning ups and downs as well, following his opening birdie with a double bogey on No. 2. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 May 2021 Leishman shot 6 under and took the outright lead with a birdie on the 15th hole to move to 12 under. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, 27 June 2021 Watson recovered after snapping his driver to make birdie at No. 2 on his way to a second straight 66 that left him at 8 under, one stroke behind 36-hole leader Jason Day in Cromwell, Conn. BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2021 After moving to 4 under with a birdie on the ninth, Rahm parred seven consecutive holes to begin the back. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 21 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rahm became the first U.S. Open champion to birdie 17 and 18 since Tom Watson in his epic 1982 battle with Jack Nicklaus at Pebble Beach. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 June 2021 McIlroy had to birdie two holes down the stretch for a 73. Doug Ferguson, orlandosentinel.com, 19 June 2021 McIlroy had to birdie two holes down the stretch for a 73. BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2021 Spieth, seeking his 13th PGA Tour victory and second of season, has yet to birdie either of Colonial’s par-5s that have yielded the most birdies of any two holes on the course. Dallas News, 29 May 2021 Finau failed to birdie either of the par-5 holes on the back nine, but otherwise was playing excellent golf to that point. The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 May 2021 Burns, a Shreveport native who played college golf at LSU, went on to birdie the final hole to reach the 20-under mark. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, 16 May 2021 Finau did birdie No. 15, starting with a 336-yard drive down the middle. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2021 Jordan Spieth became the first player in Masters history to birdie the par-4 10th in all four rounds. Star Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021

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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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Last Updated

21 Jul 2021

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“Birdie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birdie. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for birdie

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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