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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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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Merchants pledge to drop reimbursements into a reviewer’s PayPal account within minutes of posting comments for items such as kitchen knives, rain ponchos, or shower caddies, often sweetening the deal with a $5 commission or an $10 Amazon gift card. Washington Post,, "How merchants quietly use Facebook to flood Amazon with fake reviews," 23 Apr. 2018 During the delay, one caddie was seen laying on a fairway and flailing his arms and legs as if making a snow angel. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Is This the Year Phil Mickelson Wins the U.S. Open?," 11 Feb. 2019 That’s because Bowditch found his caddie for the weekend’s tournament on Twitter. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Pro golfer recruits a Twitter follower to caddie for him in upcoming PGA event," 10 July 2018 The 71-year-old musician was on hand Monday for a U.S. Senior Women’s Open practice round and appeared to actually serve as a caddie for competitor Patricia Ehrhart. Kevin Casey, USA TODAY, "Jimmy Buffett shows up as caddie during U.S. Senior Women's Open week," 10 July 2018 That’s the Easy Part A retired PGA instructor puts in serious hours at the gym to serve as a caddie at clubs in Georgia and Massachusetts. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "For Intense Exercise During Recovery, She Just Added Water," 30 June 2018 Earlier in the week, Kelly and his caddie, Eric Meller, took on McCarron and his wife, Jenny, in a friendly best-ball match at Maple Bluff Country Club, Kelly’s home course. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Scott McCarron takes American Family title from Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly," 24 June 2018 Henderson’s sister, Brittany Henderson, is her primary caddie on the LPGA Tour. Bob Narang,, "After her grandfather's death, Brooke Henderson brings major mindset to Kemper Lakes," 29 June 2018 Remember long ago, when Tiger Woods was a young phenom and a dude nicknamed Fluff with one of the best mustaches ever was his caddie? Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Tiger Woods gave his former caddie a hug in touching reunion," 27 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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