bird·ie | \ˈbər-dē \
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

Consecutive birdies brought Mullinax to 8-under on the day, which would’ve topped any score on the tournament. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "Trey Mullinax breaks Texas Open record with a 10-under 62," 21 Apr. 2018 Grimmer went 2-up on Hole 8 after sinking an 18-foot birdie putt. James Weber,, "Mariemont grad Will Grimmer continues hot summer with Met golf championship," 1 July 2018 After missing from 21 feet on 15, his last birdie, from 5 feet, came on the 16th. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods frustrated after inconsistent third round at Quicken Loans National," 30 June 2018 Before his birdie shot on the par 3 No. 16, Mullinax sought advice from his caddie. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "Trey Mullinax breaks Texas Open record with a 10-under 62," 21 Apr. 2018 Tiger Woods again excited the golf world on Sunday when his three birdies in four holes on the back-9 brought him within one stroke of the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Lindsey Vonn was Tiger Woods' biggest fan during final-round charge," 18 Mar. 2018 Woods then made seven straight pars before making birdies at 14 and 16 to get back to even for the round. Daniel Rapaport,, "Tracking Tiger Woods as He Plays Friday at the Quicken Loans National," 29 June 2018 According to a tournament recap by the Alaska Golf Blog, Sanders sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole in regulation play to force the playoff. Anchorage Daily News, "Greg Sanders wins Alaska match play title on 1st playoff hole," 27 June 2018 Woods bounced back with birdies at 17 and 2, but gave another stroke back at the fourth. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Tiger Woods got off to a disastrous start at the Memorial Tournament," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Squires birdied three holes in a row on the front and was a clean 5-under through 14 holes. James Weber,, "Grimmer, Squires to play for Met golf championships," 30 June 2018 In the other semifinal, Watson birdied the first hole, added another birdie on the fifth and an eagle on the sixth to build an insurmountable lead and finally closed out Justin Thomas, 3 and 2, with a birdie on the 16th. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Bubba Watson routs Kevin Kisner to win Match Play in all Georgia Bulldog final," 25 Mar. 2018 The 24-year-old South Korean birdied three of the four par-5 holes at Kemper Lakes in the third of the LPGA Tour’s five majors., "Tiger Woods settles for a 70 using new putter," 29 June 2018 Speaking of positive finishes, Pennsbury High graduate Jackie Rogowicz, who will enter her senior year at Penn State in the fall, birdied three of her last four holes for a 72 and finished at 155 in her first LPGA experience. Joe Juliano,, "France native Celin Herbin, a former biochemical engineer, vies for ShopRite LPGA title contender," 9 June 2018 With a scorecard in his pocket for the first time since his final-round stumble in the Masters, McIlroy birdied three of his first six holes and kept his game in check the rest of the way. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Rory McIlroy uses TrackMan to get back on track at Wells Fargo Championship," 3 May 2018 McCarron, 52, one of the Champions tour’s bombers, overpowered U Ridge with his driver, birdied five of his last 10 holes and stole the title from under Stricker’s and Kelly’s noses. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Scott McCarron takes American Family title from Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly," 24 June 2018 But the player who won two years ago at Oakmont hung tough, birdied the par-3 11th and somehow still has a piece of the lead despite shooting a seven-over 77. Daniel Rapaport,, "Johnson, Berger, Finau and Koepka Share Lead After Controversial Day at Shinnecock," 16 June 2018 After the clouds dispersed and the sun emerged at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club late Friday morning, Woods birdied the hole. Matthew Gutierrez, WSJ, "Tiger Woods Struggles at U.S. Open, Will Miss Cut," 15 June 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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