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

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 Stewart Cink is back at Kapalua with the rest of last year’s winners, and son Reagan returns as his caddie. oregonlive, 4 Jan. 2022 When a young caddie is fired after being accused of stealing a member’s golf clubs, Magnum (Jay Hernandez), Higgins (Perdita Weeks) and Rick (Zachary Knighton) go undercover to learn the truth. Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Pro-Am alongside 2019 event winner Dylan Frittelli, and John May will be her caddie and support Allison during the round. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 7 July 2021 There was his caddie appreciation post after DeChambeau split with Tim Tucker ahead of his title defense at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. USA TODAY, 27 Nov. 2021 DeChambeau later confronted Koepka's caddie, Ricky Elliott. Glenn Garner,, 26 Nov. 2021 If the plan doesn’t work, those same taxpayers would be like the caddie — stuck holding the bag. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Sep. 2021 Elder got into golf as a caddie, since that essentially was the only conduit Black players had to be permitted on the course. Paul Newberry, CBS News, 29 Nov. 2021 Elder got into golf as a caddie, since that essentially was the only conduit Black players had to be permitted on the course. oregonlive, 29 Nov. 2021

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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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“Caddie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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