Definition of caddie in English:


(also caddy)


  • A person who carries a golfer's clubs and provides other assistance during a match.

    • ‘Members of the club will be able to walk the course with a caddie or take a golf car equipped with a global positioning system.’
    • ‘But as he then reached for a club from his caddie, he also backed into a branch and snapped it off.’
    • ‘He changed his clubs, his caddie, his coach and indeed tinkered with his swing in an effort to restore the magic and the signs were there in the first half of the season.’
    • ‘In practice rounds, my caddie, Greg, and I work on my short game with a baseball glove.’
    • ‘The caddie cleans golf balls by taking them in his left hand and rubbing them with a towel in his right.’
    • ‘‘The good caddie carries much more than the weight of the golfer's clubs in his back, that's for sure,’ he said.’
    • ‘But while the latter got his social and sexual attentions, the caddie was the handiest person around to take the blame on the days when the putter went cold and the drives found the long rough.’
    • ‘The magic between those two guys, the connection that makes a caddie pull the right club every time, is gone.’
    • ‘The customary rate for a good caddie varies wildly, even at clubs in the same neighborhood.’
    • ‘Ever wondered why most tour pros read their own putts and go to the caddie just for confirmation?’
    • ‘He would later become a caddie and an assistant at the club.’
    • ‘The caddie is, effectively, the professional golfers' sidekick.’
    • ‘My own caddie, Ben, was a high-school senior and a regular summer caddie at another club in the area.’
    • ‘In French the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ but in English the golfer's assistant became a caddie.’
    • ‘But there is a lot more to caddying than that - the good caddie knows the right club to produce and the yardage to the hole of every approach shot to the green.’
    • ‘At the end of the first nine holes, the young man was so enraged that he discharged the caddie and carried his own bag.’
    • ‘I had a friend of mine caddying for me instead of my regular caddie.’
    • ‘When you're out there playing, you have to play the role of the caddie as well as the golfer to make sure you make the smart play.’
    • ‘When my putt ended up a foot outside the hole, the caddie said drolly, ‘I said a golf ball, not a soccer ball!’’
    • ‘Of all the things my caddie does, keeping my club grips clean and dry might be the most important.’


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  • Work as a caddie.

    ‘I caddied for him until the end of 1979’
    • ‘I had caddied there for years, maybe 600-plus loops.’
    • ‘My best one had to be the first time my wife [Carol] caddied for me.’
    • ‘It was the first time a black man had ever caddied in the Championship.’
    • ‘The oldest daybook I have dates back to 1963 when I used it to keep track of the money I made caddying at a local golf club.’
    • ‘I also caddied for my brother Manuel in a few pro events.’
    • ‘They struck up a conversation, told him that they had followed him at Hazeltine in 1970 and asked if he remembered who caddied for him there.’
    • ‘No job in sports gets you closer to the action than caddying on the PGA Tour.’
    • ‘Lora, whose dad Gerry is caddying for her, was the top British player on four-under-par.’
    • ‘He started caddying aged 12 but he was always destined to be a player.’
    • ‘He had caddied in the tournament the previous year and conned the sponsors so well about his golf prowess that they gave him an exemption to play.’
    • ‘This, from a highly respected and knowledgeable long-term golf watcher - who once spent a year caddying on the European Tour - was a mistake that, upon further reflection, he has already come to regret.’
    • ‘As I mentioned, I was 15 when I first started caddying and, although I didn't know it at the time, Ted's talent for maintaining immaculate conditions is what made me want to work in the golf business.’
    • ‘For all the stories, I never once caddied in a group with Ben.’
    • ‘He caddied on the European tour, caddied on the American tour.’
    • ‘I should point out he was playing and I was caddying for another player in his group.’
    • ‘I've caddied for several friends over the years, and several friends have caddied for me; mostly, I've caddied for my friend Ray, who is one of the club's best players.’
    • ‘He caddied in it as a boy and won it as a man.’
    • ‘Having played as a professional and also coached professionally, I finally managed to get the match ball last week when I completed the hat trick by caddying professionally.’
    • ‘His father was caddying for him.’
    • ‘‘Who are you caddying for today?’ the taxi driver said on the way to the course.’


Mid 17th century (originally Scots): from French cadet. The original term denoted a gentleman who joined the army without a commission, intending to learn the profession and follow a military career, later coming to mean ‘odd-job man’. The current sense dates from the late 18th century.