Definition of birdie in English:



  • 1informal A child's term for a bird.

    • ‘I have some pet birdies -- a red factor canary and two green singer finches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Golf
    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.’
    • ‘After an eagle and six birdies Westwood needed to birdie the 433-yard last to equal the course best of 63.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • Play (a hole) with a score of one stroke under par.

    ‘Drummond birdied the 16th and 17th for a 73’
    • ‘The final day started well enough for the American as he birdied the opening hole to move to seven-under par for the tournament.’
    • ‘Tiger Woods birdied the final hole to take an outright lead after a high-scoring first round of the US Open in Long Island.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It brought him a 69, taking him to six under par and into the joint lead before Michael Campbell birdied the same hole.’


Late 18th century: diminutive of bird; the golf term from US slang bird, denoting any first-rate thing.