One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal A child's term for a bird.
- ‘I have some pet birdies -- a red factor canary and two green singer finches.’
- ‘I love birdies just as much as you love horses and used to breed and sell parakeets all the time, but I've since slowed down and am left with a few offspring.’
- ‘I do have pet birdies!’
- ‘Those little birdies now have hope because of you.’
- ‘His cartooning never condescends to its subject, even when he's drawing his pitiful owl terrifying the birdies he wants to play with.’
A score of one stroke under par at a hole.as modifier ‘he finished with a birdie two on the 18th’
- ‘On the last hole of the 1986 Masters, needing only a par to tie Jack Nicklaus and a birdie to win outright, his iron shot flew far right of the green again.’
- ‘Casey went out at 8.31 and this was a day when the early birds caught the birdies.’
- ‘But after packing nine birdies and an eagle into an astonishing round, she suddenly leapt into contention.’
- ‘O'Malley stopped Raphael Jacquelin making it two French wins in a row on the European Tour with a closing 66 highlighted by an eagle and four birdies in a seven-hole stretch around the turn.’
- ‘After an eagle and six birdies Westwood needed to birdie the 433-yard last to equal the course best of 63.’
Play (a hole) with a score of one stroke under par.‘Drummond birdied the 16th and 17th for a 73’
- ‘I parred the hole and won by two shots over Gil Morgan, who birdied the final hole.’
- ‘Woods teed-off, birdied the first hole and began his assault on the leaderboard.’
- ‘Tiger Woods birdied the final hole to take an outright lead after a high-scoring first round of the US Open in Long Island.’
- ‘It brought him a 69, taking him to six under par and into the joint lead before Michael Campbell birdied the same hole.’
- ‘The final day started well enough for the American as he birdied the opening hole to move to seven-under par for the tournament.’
Late 18th century: diminutive of bird; the golf term from US slang bird, denoting any first-rate thing.
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