Definition of caddie in US English:


(also caddy)


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

    • ‘The customary rate for a good caddie varies wildly, even at clubs in the same neighborhood.’
    • ‘When my putt ended up a foot outside the hole, the caddie said drolly, ‘I said a golf ball, not a soccer ball!’’
    • ‘He would later become a caddie and an assistant at the club.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The caddie cleans golf balls by taking them in his left hand and rubbing them with a towel in his right.’
    • ‘I had a friend of mine caddying for me instead of my regular caddie.’
    • ‘‘The good caddie carries much more than the weight of the golfer's clubs in his back, that's for sure,’ he said.’
    • ‘But as he then reached for a club from his caddie, he also backed into a branch and snapped it off.’
    • ‘The caddie is, effectively, the professional golfers' sidekick.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In practice rounds, my caddie, Greg, and I work on my short game with a baseball glove.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ever wondered why most tour pros read their own putts and go to the caddie just for confirmation?’
    • ‘At the end of the first nine holes, the young man was so enraged that he discharged the caddie and carried his own bag.’
    • ‘The magic between those two guys, the connection that makes a caddie pull the right club every time, is gone.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘‘Who are you caddying for today?’ the taxi driver said on the way to the course.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No job in sports gets you closer to the action than caddying on the PGA Tour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For all the stories, I never once caddied in a group with Ben.’
    • ‘He started caddying aged 12 but he was always destined to be a player.’
    • ‘I should point out he was playing and I was caddying for another player in his group.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My best one had to be the first time my wife [Carol] caddied for me.’
    • ‘I also caddied for my brother Manuel in a few pro events.’
    • ‘It was the first time a black man had ever caddied in the Championship.’
    • ‘Lora, whose dad Gerry is caddying for her, was the top British player on four-under-par.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He caddied in it as a boy and won it as a man.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had caddied there for years, maybe 600-plus loops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His father was caddying for him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He caddied on the European tour, caddied on the American tour.’


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.