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 Missing from all this action is Tiger Woods, who didn't make a birdie until the 16th hole and is out of the mix for the fourth straight major since his emotional Masters victory last year. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "PGA Championship final-round live stream (8/9/20): Time, TV info, pairings, how to watch online," 9 Aug. 2020 Brooks Koepka didn't make a birdie until the 12th hole. Doug Ferguson, Star Tribune, "Collin Morikawa, with a shot he swore he wouldn't try, wins the PGA Championship," 9 Aug. 2020 Missing from all this action is Tiger Woods, who didn't make a birdie until the 16th hole and is out of the mix for the fourth straight major since his emotional Masters victory last year. Fox News, "Dustin Johnson emerges from a pack to lead PGA Championship," 9 Aug. 2020 Bryson DeChambeau sinking this 96-foot put for a birdie on 18. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "PGA Championship 2020 final round: Free live streams, TV channel guide | Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Tiger Woods," 9 Aug. 2020 Missing from all this action is Tiger Woods, who didn't make a birdie until the 16th hole and is out of the mix for the fourth straight major since his emotional Masters victory last year. Doug Ferguson, orlandosentinel.com, "Dustin Johnson emerges from a pack to lead PGA Championship going into final round," 8 Aug. 2020 Emory hit a wedge from 115 yards to within 2 feet of the par-4 ninth hole, leading to the first birdie of his round. Rick Armstrong, chicagotribune.com, "Armstrong: Aurora’s Bryce Emory earns ‘a little redemption’ by closing out biggest win of eight-year pro career at 71st Illinois Open," 6 Aug. 2020 Jordan Spieth finally got his first birdie of the day in unconventional fashion. Scott Bell, Dallas News, "In first-ever appearance, Dallas’ Scottie Scheffler (-4) near top of leaderboard at PGA Championship," 6 Aug. 2020 Thomas pulled in front with a birdie at 15 from 6 feet after catching a good break after snap-hooking a 5-wood off tee. Adam Schupak, The Courier-Journal, "Justin Thomas wins WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, returns to No. 1," 3 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Patrick Reed, who had to birdie three of his last six holes Friday to make the cut with one shot to spare, shot 63 and was three back. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "How to watch Charles Schwab Challenge final round live stream: TV info, tee times at Colonial," 14 June 2020 Duke shot a 5-under 65 on Saturday and shared the lead with Kirk Triplett, who birdied his last hole for a 68. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Triplett, Duke tied for lead in PGA Tour Champions," 21 Sep. 2019 Roberto Diaz, who birdied 13, 14 and 15, is tied with Jason Day for fourth at 9-under. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Travelers third round: Chez Reavie fires off seven birdies on back nine to overtake Zack Sucher for lead," 23 June 2019 Both Hojgaard and Rozner birdied again on the 18th before the Dane won the title with an eagle. BostonGlobe.com, "UConn routs Notre Dame," 9 Dec. 2019 Kang birdied the 15th to pull two strokes ahead, but Korda responded with a birdie of her own on 17. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kang shoots tournament record to win LPGA Shanghai," 20 Oct. 2019 Woods shot a 30 to open his morning, birdieing on six of the first nine holes, including four of the first five. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Tiger Woods Climbs Back Into Contention at The Players Championship, Shoots 65 in Third Round," 12 May 2018 On Sunday, there were no such late miracles for Lee: Thomas and Lee both birdied the 18th, with Lee lipping out on his eagle putt to finish with a 69. BostonGlobe.com, "Danielle Kang shot a bogey-free 2-under-par 70 to win the Buick LPGA Shanghai for the second consecutive year Sunday with a tournament record 16-under-par 272. The 27-year-old American began the day one stroke behind compatriot Jessica Korda, who shot a final-round 72 to finish second at 15 under.," 21 Oct. 2019 The two-time defending champion birdied four of his first five holes to reach 11–under and remained hot on Woodland's heels all afternoon on a cool, overcast day at Pebble Beach. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Gary Woodland Holds Off Brooks Koepka to Win 2019 U.S. Open," 16 June 2019

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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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The first known use of birdie was in 1790

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Last Updated

13 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Birdie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birdie. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for birdie

birdie

noun
How to pronounce birdie (audio)

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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