noun (1)

variant spelling of

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


noun (2)
cad·​dy | \ ˈka-dē How to pronounce caddy (audio) \
plural caddies

Definition of caddy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a small box, can, or chest used especially to keep tea in
2 : a container or device for storing or holding objects when they are not in use a caddy for pens

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Noun (2) an antique tea caddy from the colonial period

First Known Use of caddy

Noun (2)

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caddy

Noun (2)

Malay kati catty

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The first known use of caddy was in 1785

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“Caddy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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