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

After a bogey on No. 2, Jones finished his round with seven birdies on the last 12 holes. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Jim Jones has hot putter in Costa Mesa City Championship," 3 Aug. 2019 An, who shared the first-round lead with Im at 8 under, made his move up the leaderboard with three straight birdies late in his round., "Ashleigh Buhai continues to surprise at Women’s British Open," 2 Aug. 2019 After heavy rain delayed the round by almost six hours, the two-time Masters champion opened with four birdies on the front nine and added two more on Nos. 13 and 14 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes to build a four-stroke lead. Washington Post, "Langer wins his 4th Senior British Open title," 28 July 2019 Fishburn also played a stellar round of golf with going bogey-free with six birdies on the day. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Sam Saunders leads CoBank Colorado Open after Round 2 at GVR," 26 July 2019 Lowry made his move on the more forgiving holes early with three birdies in a four-hole stretch through the par-5 seventh that boosted his lead to six. Doug Ferguson,, "Lowry wins British Open in celebrated return to Emerald Isle," 21 July 2019 Lowry made his move on the more forgiving holes early with three birdies in a four-hole stretch through the par-5 seventh that boosted his lead to six. Doug Ferguson,, "Shane Lowry wins British Open for first major title," 21 July 2019 After shooting 5 over 71 in the first round Thursday, Schmid came out Friday with three birdies on the first nine holes of the second round. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville golfer Matthias Schmid misses British Open cut, but outscores Tiger Woods," 19 July 2019 Duval had started with two birdies but made his own eight at the fifth and then outdid that in spectacular fashion at the long seventh. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Rory McIlroy, David Duval suffer horror holes at The Open," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Zionsville senior was hoping to birdie a few of her final holes but parred on each of her last five to finish with a 70. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "Zionsville golfer Annabelle Pancake keeps up family tradition, has Crooked Stick rooting for her at U.S. Women's Amateur," 5 Aug. 2019 Lowry birdied four of his opening five holes on his way to a 4-under 67 and shared the 36-hole lead with J.B. Holmes, who had a 68. Doug Ferguson,, "Lowry, Holmes share British Open lead as McIlroy leaves with cheers," 19 July 2019 Woods birdied six of his last 12 holes and was never a factor. Doug Ferguson, The Denver Post, "Gary Woodland denies history with U.S. Open title at Pebble Beach," 16 June 2019 Then came the 2013 U.S. Open champion Rose to birdie the final three holes and nip them all at day's end. Chuck Culpepper,, "All these low scores a far cry from the norm at a Pebble Beach US Open," 14 June 2019 On the front nine, Tibbits opened with a birdie at the par-4 first, and also birdied the par-5 sixth. Nick Daschel | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Oregon State’s Spencer Tibbits shoots an even-par 71 at Pebble Beach during U.S. Open second round, likely will miss cut," 14 June 2019 She parred holes No. 13-15, then birdied No. 16 to push her lead back to two shots. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Not even Hannah Green thought she could win at Hazeltine, but she did," 23 June 2019 Woods birdied 15 for his first outright lead of the tournament. Joseph Goodman |,, "A day at the Masters unlike any other: Tiger Woods takes his place in sports history," 15 Apr. 2019 Among the other top performances of the day, Jonathan Feldkamp of TPC River’s Bend birdied six of the first 10 holes to beat Chris Rossi 4&3. James Weber,, "Will Grimmer, defending champ advance at Tony Blom Metropolitan Amateur Championship," 28 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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