cad·​die | \ ˈka-dē How to pronounce caddie (audio) \
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.

Examples of caddie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One golf-writing colleague, Robert Lusetich, posted a tweet Sunday about a tour player telling the story of Johnson and his caddie/brother, Austin, trying to figure out the distance to a creek with the tee moved up 50 yards. Ron Kroichick,, "Dustin Johnson keeps it together in final round, reshapes legacy with Masters win," 15 Nov. 2020 No huge celebration by Johnson, either, who clenched his fist, smiled and gave his caddie brother, Austin, a brief hug after winning his second major championship. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: Green jacket fits as well in November as in April," 15 Nov. 2020 Augenstein, of Owensboro, Kentucky, sought tips from Webb Simpson, with whom his caddie William Kane is a friend, and Justin Thomas, another Kentucky native. Julie Williams, The Courier-Journal, "Owensboro's John Augenstein authors a surge for the amateurs at the Masters, then a stumble," 13 Nov. 2020 With his 24-year-old eldest son Jackie as his caddie, Nicklaus opened with a modest 74 but improved with rounds of 71 and 69 to sit in a tie for ninth going into the final day. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "How Jack Nicklaus' sixth Masters win aged 46 tops Tiger Woods' redemption tale," 6 Nov. 2020 Anna Nordqvist playfully tossed a handful of leaves toward her caddie on her way toward shooting a 69. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "Lincicome, Tan share Women's PGA lead at windy Aronimink," 8 Oct. 2020 Stash gear in a metal or wood caddie that has multiple compartments, or a basket (which we’re told are now called mask-ets). Rima Suqi, WSJ, "Never Forget Your Face Mask With These Home Design Tips," 2 Oct. 2020 No wonder his caddie attempted to block a television camera after DeChambeau teed off following a 10 on the 15th hole at Muirfield Village. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: Big and booming, DeChambeau is PGA Tour must-see TV," 5 Aug. 2020 According to the Tour: • To be eligible for the applicable stipend following an on-site positive test, a player or caddie returning from an off week must have completed an at-home test the week prior to returning to play. Tim Schmitt, Detroit Free Press, "PGA Tour's tweak to testing protocols allows Cameron Champ to play Rocket Mortgage Classic," 2 July 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

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“Caddie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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