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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Other Words from caddie

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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Woods posed with Burgoon and his caddie, and then one of Burgoon's friends stepped in for a picture. Doug Ferguson,, "Ferguson: For Tiger Woods, many introductions are in order," 3 July 2018 Hoffman chest-bumped his caddie and slapped hands with his playing partner, Tony Finau, who, ironically, injured his ankle on Wednesday after a hole-in-one. Tod Leonard,, "Woods deems iron play 'awful' in disappointing Masters performance," 8 Apr. 2018 The frog-catching caddie, that was just right, place right time. Happened to be [taking video]. Chris Brodeur,, "UConn Insider Podcast: Meet New Women's Beat Reporter Kelli Stacy," 11 July 2018 Woods invited his caddie, Joe LaCava, to stay with him on the yacht during the tournament. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "By Land or by Sea, U.S. Open Golfers Got Creative About Their Lodging," 16 June 2018 And that’s why the golfer always trumps the caddie in an on-course argument. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Pro golfer Kevin Na wins fierce debate with caddie by holing out: 'I told you!'," 25 May 2018 Tiger Woods’ trusted caddie Joe LaCava will get to relax and hand off Woods’ bag to someone else in the final warmup round for the 2018 Hero World Challenge, Woods’ annual event in the Bahamas. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Someone donated $50,000 to be Tiger Woods' caddie for a day," 22 May 2018 Look no farther than the scene Friday, when Woods' caddie Joe LaCava watched fans surround the portable toilet Woods had entered on the 17th tee. Cindy Boren,, "Tigermania is back: Tiger Woods is surging and so are golf crowds," 11 Mar. 2018 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

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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