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caddie

[kad-ee] /ˈkæd i/
noun
1.
Golf. a person hired to carry a player's clubs, find the ball, etc.
2.
a person who runs errands, does odd jobs, etc.
4.
any rigidly structured, wheeled device for carrying or moving around heavy objects:
a luggage caddie.
verb (used without object), caddied, caddying.
5.
to work as a caddie.
Also, caddy.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; earlier cadee, variant of cadet < French; see cadet
Can be confused
caddie, caddy, catty.

caddy2

[kad-ee] /ˈkæd i/
noun, plural caddies, verb (used without object), caddied, caddying.
1.
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British Dictionary definitions for caddying

caddie

/ˈkædɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(golf) an attendant who carries clubs, etc, for a player
verb -dies, -dying, -died
2.
(intransitive) to act as a caddie
Word Origin
C17 (originally: a gentleman learning the military profession by serving in the army without a commission, hence C18 (Scottish): a person looking for employment, an errand-boy): from French cadet

caddy1

/ˈkædɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(mainly Brit) a small container, esp for tea
Word Origin
C18: from Malay kati; see catty²

caddy2

/ˈkædɪ/
noun, verb (pl) -dies -dies, -dying, -died
1.
a variant spelling of caddie
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Word Origin and History for caddying

caddie

n.

1630s, Scottish form of French cadet (see cadet). Originally "person who runs errands;" meaning of "golfer's assistant" is 1851. A letter from Edinburgh c.1730 describes the city's extensive and semi-organized "Cawdys, a very useful Black-Guard, who attend ... publick Places to go at Errands; and though they are Wretches, that in Rags lye upon the Stairs and in the Streets at Night, yet are they often considerably trusted .... This Corps has a kind of Captain ... presiding over them, whom they call the Constable of the Cawdys."

caddy

n.

"small box for tea," 1792, from Malay kati a weight equivalent to about a pound and a third (in English from 1590s as catty), adopted as a standard mid-18c. by British companies in the East Indies. Apparently the word for a measure of tea was transferred to the chest it was carried in.

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Slang definitions & phrases for caddying

caddy

noun

A Cadillac automobile: Park that Caddy over there


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for caddying

caddy

container for tea. A corrupt form of the Malay kati, a weight of a little more than a pound (or about half a kilogram), the word was applied first to porcelain jars filled with tea and imported into England from China. Many caddies made from silver, copper, brass, pewter, and other decorative materials, such as veneers of tortoiseshell or ivory on wood, were made in the 18th century.

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