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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After making bogey on the 12th, Woods responded with a birdie on the 14th from 12 feet to keep Matsuyama at bay. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods matches long-standing PGA Tour record, wins No. 82 at Zozo," 28 Oct. 2019 Matsuyama cut the lead to two with a birdie on par-3 16th. Jim Armstrong, The Denver Post, "Tiger Woods wins Zozo Championship to tie Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record of 82 victories," 27 Oct. 2019 Atholton’s Branden Nguyen, who finished fourth with a 76, had pulled to within one shot with a birdie on his 15th hole. Brent Kennedy,, "Howard County sweeps titles at District V golf tournament for second straight year," 9 Oct. 2019 More: Rocket Mortgage Classic: How this golfer is trying to pay it forward for kids Stuard's afternoon started with a birdie on No.1 and pars on Nos. 2-5,. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "Rocket Mortgage Classic: Jackson native Brian Stuard finishes tied for fifth," 30 June 2019 Justin Rose was the only one who caught Woodland, with a birdie on the opening hole. Doug Ferguson,, "Koepka just short of U.S. Open 3-peat as fellow Palm Beach County resident Woodland hangs on," 17 June 2019 Ahead on the 18th, Koepka's 3-iron went just over the back of the green, leaving him a chip for eagle to tie, with a birdie likely to do the trick considering what Woodland faced. CBS News, "Gary Woodland wins the U.S. Open, his first major title," 16 June 2019 But Woodland stretched it to two shots with a birdie on No. 14. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Gary Woodland Wins U.S. Open," 16 June 2019 Simpson knocked in eight birdies in his bogey-free round. John Davis, azcentral, "Justin Thomas has another close encounter with a tree at the Phoenix Open," 31 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Taylor leads in Vegas Nick Taylor of Canada birdied his final hole to cap off an 8-under 63 and the early lead Thursday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas., "Mickey Callaway," 4 Oct. 2019 Webb Simpson birdied the final two holes of regulation to force a playoff with Tony Finau, then won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz., with a 10-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole Sunday., "Webb Simpson bests Tony Finau in playoff to win the Phoenix Open," 2 Feb. 2020 Maggert birdied three of the first four holes in a front-nine 31 and capped the bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-4 17th in perfect conditions at Phoenix Country Club., "Judge grants U.S. women’s soccer team class status in discrimination lawsuit," 8 Nov. 2019 Abraham Ancer and Oosthuizen birdied the opening five holes for a 4-up lead that Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland could not overcome in a 4-and-3 victory. Doug Ferguson,, "International team rallying around only Presidents Cup win," 12 Dec. 2019 In the playoff, Hojgaard and Rozner both birdied the par-5 last hole as Paratore made par., "UConn routs Notre Dame," 9 Dec. 2019 The 30-year-old Columbus North High School grad birdied the par-4 18th hole the second time through during sudden death. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Purdue alumnus Tyler Duncan earns first PGA Tour victory in playoff," 24 Nov. 2019 Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland birdied the final hole for a 67 to tie for sixth, earning enough money to move into the top 100 on the LPGA money list and keep her card for next year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Na takes Las Vegas playoff; Knight wins at home in Texas," 6 Oct. 2019 Adam Hadwin birdied 16, 17 and 18 to reach 16–under. Daniel Rapaport,, "Cameron Champ’s Storybook Win, Romo’s Foolish Critics and More From on Tour," 30 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of birdie was in 1790

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23 Feb 2020

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“Birdie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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