cad·die | \ ˈka-dē \
variants: or
plural caddies

Definition of caddie 

1 Scottish : one who waits about for odd jobs

2a : one who assists a golfer especially by carrying the clubs

b : a wheeled device for conveying things not readily carried by hand a luggage caddie

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caddie or caddy intransitive verb

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In Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries, a person who made a living by doing odd jobs was called a cawdy or caddie. The word comes from the French word cadet, which came into English in the 17th century. The chief meaning of cadet in both French and English is “a student military officer.” The caddies formed organized groups, and it may be that the military structure of the group suggested the name. Some caddies lived near universities and took jobs working for students. Other caddies found jobs carrying golf clubs. As the popularity of the game grew, so did use of the term caddie for one who carries a golfer's clubs.

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The Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards college scholarships to caddies and is part of the WGA, is one of five Chicago-area charities to benefit from the championship. Steve Reaven,, "Exmoor set for its pro debut with Constellation Senior Players Championship," 9 July 2018 The relationship between the U.S.G.A. and the tribe dates to that championship, with generations of tribal members working at the golf club thereafter as groundskeepers and caddies. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "U.S.G.A. Comes to Agreement with Shinnecock Indian Nation," 11 June 2018 There aren’t any teammates, coaches, caddies or someone waiting in your corner. Chris Chase, For The Win, "7 rules in sports that should be changed today," 3 May 2018 Fans are asked not to interfere with players, caddies or the media and keep their devices on silent at all times. charlotteobserver, "Fans’ guide to Wells Fargo Championship: How to get there, get in and what’s allowed | Charlotte Observer," 1 May 2018 Coaching, caddie and equipment changes aren’t always the answer. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lydia Ko arrives at Lake Merced looking for elusive win," 25 Apr. 2018 Since joining the Courant in June, new UConn women’s beat reporter Kelli Stacy has been a magnet for quirky news involving everything from frog-catching caddies to Hall of Fame basketball coaches talking their way out of traffic tickets. Chris Brodeur,, "UConn Insider Podcast: Meet New Women's Beat Reporter Kelli Stacy," 11 July 2018 Brooks Koepka celebrates with caddie Richard Elliott on the 18th green during the final round of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Brooks Koepka Wins Back-to-Back U.S. Open Titles," 17 June 2018 On Monday, the company said the name change is restricted to IHOP’s flagship restaurant in Hollywood, Calif., where the caddies that normally contain pancake syrup will be filled with mustard and ketchup. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Some People Don’t Know What the P Means in IHOP, Let Alone the I, H and O," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of caddie

circa 1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caddie

French cadet military cadet

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English Language Learners Definition of caddie

: a person who carries a golfer's clubs on the golf course


variants: or caddy \ˈka-dē \
plural caddies

Kids Definition of caddie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who carries a golfer's clubs


variants: or caddy
caddied; caddying

Kids Definition of caddie (Entry 2 of 2)

: to carry a golfer's clubs

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