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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Chip, lag, tap-in, championship, bro hug for his caddie. Michael Rosenberg,, "With a Steely Resolve and Back-to-Back U.S. Opens, Brooks Koepka Earns His Place Among Golf's Elite," 17 June 2018 Before his birdie shot on the par 3 No. 16, Mullinax sought advice from his caddie. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "Trey Mullinax breaks Texas Open record with a 10-under 62," 21 Apr. 2018 Brandt Snedeker, a former top-10 player who has been paired with Woods in four of the 13 rounds that so far compose his official comeback, also recently changed caddies. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "In Tiger Woods’s Surging Play, a Steady Caddie," 10 Mar. 2018 That’s prompted some tejo clubs to build pits with a cleaner, Play-Doh-like compound or provide caddies to do the dirty work. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 With a final-round 75 Sunday at Shinnecock Hills, Parziale’s four-day 16-over par tied Luis Gagne as the best scorers among 20 amateur players in the field, sending him (and his father/caddie Vic) back to Brockton with a little bit of hardware. Tara Sullivan,, "Matt Parziale impresses with tie for low amateur at US Open," 17 June 2018 Take golf caddies, for example, who are mostly men. Phumzile Mlambo-ngcuka, Marie Claire, "How the Caregiver Crisis Is Preventing Us from Fixing the Pay Gap," 12 Apr. 2016 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

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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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