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

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: Noun Zalatoris made a bogey at No. 7 but regained the lead with a birdie at 10. Adam Schupak, USA TODAY, 15 Aug. 2022 Spaun made a late birdie for a 3-under 67 to take a one-shot lead Friday in the FedEx St. Jude Championship, the opening event in the PGA Tour postseason that no longer has three of its biggest stars for the weekend at the TPC Southwind. Doug Ferguson,, 12 Aug. 2022 Henley made an early birdie at the third hole but three straight bogeys starting at the sixth proved costly. Jay Posner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2021 But with his lead reduced to two strokes, Lee made an all-important birdie at the par-5 12th to regain a three-shot lead. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, 16 May 2021 McIlroy didn’t waste any time returning to 16 under for the tournament by making a birdie at the last to shoot his second 66 of the championship. Adam Schupak, USA TODAY, 16 July 2022 With a birdie on the 16th hole and two closing pars, Scheffler finished at three-under par for the tournament. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 17 June 2022 McNeely started his day with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1, then added birdies on No. 5 and No. 13. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 14 June 2022 Thomas made the turn at even-par for the round on Sunday with a birdie on the ninth hole, then shot 3 under on the back nine with birdies at 11, 12 and 17. Mark Inabinett |, al, 22 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After a drop, Rahm was able to make the green on his next shot and went on to birdie the hole to finish his round with a 1-under 69. Globe Staff,, 16 June 2022 Of the first 21 golfers to play the 18th on Thursday, only one managed to birdie the hole. USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 But Fitzpatrick didn’t need that birdie like Zalatoris did. Globe Staff,, 19 June 2022 Harris English, the 2021 champion, rolled in a 20-foot putt to birdie the ninth hole Friday just after TPC River Highlands amateur record-holder Patrick Cantlay shot out of the right-side bunker, six feet from the hole. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 24 June 2022 Tiger then went on to birdie that hole, because of course. USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 In the opening round of the the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open, Patrick Reed holes out from the greenside bunker from 41 feet to birdie the par-4 1st hole., 27 Jan. 2022 The lone bright spot was Jon Rahm, living up to his No. 1 ranking by winning in foursomes with Sergio Garcia and keeping Europe in a tight fourballs match long enough for Tyrrell Hatton to birdie the last hole to at least salvage a half-point., 24 Sep. 2021 So Yeon Ryu finally quit thinking about her swing and thought only about scoring just in time to birdie the last three holes for a 6-under 65 and a share of the lead with Jodi Ewart Shadoff in the ShopRite LPGA., 1 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of birdie


1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1921, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2022

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“Birdie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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