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[bur-dee] /ˈbɜr di/
a small bird.
Golf. a score of one stroke under par on a hole.
a shuttlecock.
verb (used with object), birdied, birdieing.
Golf. to make a birdie on (a hole).
Origin of birdie
1785-95; bird + -ie Unabridged
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  • Soft skies and sweet flowers are very nice things, birdies; but rough winds and freedom are better for the soul.

    Caper-Sauce Fanny Fern
  • I guess heres where the birdies and butterflies had their Sabbath School.

  • Her supplication had all the sound of birdies in the nest, and Easter church-bells, and frosted Christmas cards.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • So she lives wherever I do not, and we get along like birdies in their little nest.

    Sunny Slopes Ethel Hueston
  • If that swift one you curled around my neck had hit me, I would have been seeing stars and hearing the birdies sing.

  • "'Bout time ye woke up and listened to the birdies," Tim chaffed.

    The Pathless Trail Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • We looked so for the birdies all, all the time; but only two came, and went away again directly.

    A Walk and a Drive. Thomas Miller
  • Are there no other joys in life but the top notes of the birdies and the murmurings of the awakening forest?

    Cupid's Middleman Edward B. Lent
  • Why, sis, do you want our chickens and birdies all carried off?

  • As soon as the birdies come out of their shell I literally change my tune.

British Dictionary definitions for birdies


(golf) a score of one stroke under par for a hole
(informal) a bird, esp a small bird
(transitive) (golf) to play (a hole) in one stroke under par
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Word Origin and History for birdies



"little bird," 1792, from bird (n.1) + -ie. As golf slang for "a hole played one under par," by 1908, perhaps from bird (n.) in American English slang sense of "exceptionally clever or accomplished person or thing" (1839).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for birdies



Thin, bony legs (1950s+)

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hear the birdies sing

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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