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.

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The assumption is that Lawrence’s longtime caddie, fifth-year senior Reid Sinnett, will succeed him. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toreros’ PFL reign might be in trouble," 1 Aug. 2019 Rory McIlroy isn’t letting Matt Kuchar off the hook for his past caddie controversy. Helen Murphy,, "Rory McIlroy Hilariously Ribs Matt Kuchar Over Caddie Payment Controversy," 7 Aug. 2019 Find shelves and cabinets with doors to hide belongings, and check stores for under-sink caddies and storage boxes. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, "Fixes for your tragic rental bathroom that don’t involve construction," 18 July 2019 Mark Long caddied on the PGA Tour for Fred Funk and other players from 1989 to 2012 and puts together the official yardage books that players and caddies use on PGA Tour courses, including Detroit Golf Club. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic: Hole-by-hole breakdown at Detroit Golf Club," 26 June 2019 Koepka, whose caddie, Ricky Elliott, is a Portrush member, never responded. Emily Caron,, "Brooks Koepka Ghosted Tiger Woods Before the British Open," 16 July 2019 That person with the level head alongside him on the golf course is Reed’s caddie, Kessler Karain. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Inner Circle: Patrick Reed relies on caddie to keep him grounded," 17 June 2019 On the PGA Tour, players and caddies have Mark Long’s yardage books. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Why one caddie holds secret key to success on the PGA Tour," 26 June 2019 The Evans Scholars Foundation, the brainchild in 1930 of famed amateur golfer Chick Evans, raises $60 million annually and has awarded college scholarships to more than 10,000 caddies. Edgar Thompson,, "New documentary, ‘Loopers,’ celebrates caddies place in golf history," 12 June 2019

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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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