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

But to only make one birdie all day is not good enough. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Bubba Watson Comes From Behind In Final Round To Win Third Travelers Championship," 24 June 2018 Whereas players that hit their tee shots on or near the front of the green will have a great opportunity to make birdie. star-telegram, "How to play the Trinity Forest golf course: Be creative and embrace the character | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 At one point, Dufner made a birdie to break out of a 10-way tie for third place. Doug Ferguson, Houston Chronicle, "Webb Simpson completes a big win at Players Championship," 13 May 2018 The Utah native made one birdie — with a spectacular second shot to 4 feet at the 18th hole — and sprinkled in three bogeys. Tod Leonard,, "Spieth takes some 'punches,' bounces back in Masters," 6 Apr. 2018 When Jennifer Kupcho nailed a 30-foot birdie putt to win the tournament by four strokes over Mexico’s Maria Fassi, the throngs of fans surrounding the 18th green leapt to their feet; Kupcho and Fassi hugged, wept, hugged some more. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "At the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, a Changing of the Guard—And a Changing of the Game," 11 Apr. 2019 Severance heard a rumor: A little birdie told him Van Alen had an idea, one that would take the Chrysler Building far higher than reported. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 Tiger Woods sank a 12-foot putt for birdie on the 18th green lateyesterday afternoon to tie Rocco Mediate for the fourth-round lead of the108th U.S. Open, forcing an 18-hole playoff today at Torrey Pines South., "June 16, 2008: U.S. Open at Torrey Pines," 16 June 2018 Spieth tied Reed after a long birdie on the par-3 16th. Dennis Manoloff,, "Patrick Reed wins Masters 2018: Final results, leaderboard (photos)," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tommy Fleetwood also started his round at 5-under, like Woods, and birdied the first to a massive ovation. Fox News, "The Latest: Kisner drops out of lead at British Open," 22 July 2018 Former Penn State star Cole Miller birdied three of his last five holes, Monday, in his 36-hole sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., to advance to next week’s U.S. Open. Joe Juliano,, "Former Penn State star Cole Miller qualifies for U.S. Open," 4 June 2018 Hataoka bowed out after the first playoff hole, and Park birdied the second to top Ryu and claim her second major championship in as many years. Bob Narang,, "Sung Hyun Park survives two-hole playoff to win KPMG Women's PGA Championship," 1 July 2018 His groupmate, Tiger Woods, also birdied to get back to three over par for his round. Bill Pennington And Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "U.S. Open 2018: A First Round Full of Struggles," 15 June 2018 Kenny Perry birdied four of the final five holes for a 65, the low round of the day, and was one of eight players sitting three shots back., "Jason Day finishes strong to build two-shot lead at Wells Fargo," 5 May 2018 Pornanong, the leader after the second and third rounds, started the day a shot ahead of Hall, opened her lead to two strokes after three straight birdies from No. 4, but was caught by her playing partner at No. 13 when Hall birdied. Fox News, "Hall wins Women's British Open for 1st major title," 5 Aug. 2018 Koepka birdied the 14th to get to five-under, made par on 15, then made an unbelievable albatross (double-eagle) 2 on the par-5 16th. Daniel Rapaport,, "Watch: Brooks Koepka Makes Albatross En Route to Record-Tying 63 at Players," 13 May 2018 Phil Mickelson birdied both par-5s on the back nine and added a birdie at the 16th to shoot 2-under 70. Tod Leonard,, "13! Defending champ Garcia finds water five times in Masters," 5 Apr. 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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