Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A small bird.
  • n. Sports One stroke under par for a hole in golf.
  • n. Sports See shuttlecock.
  • transitive v. Sports To shoot (a hole in golf) in one stroke under par.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bird; a birdling.
  • n. The completion of a hole one stroke below par.
  • n. A shuttlecock.
  • n. An electromagnetic signal generated from within an electronic device.
  • n. A certain rude gesture in some countries, formed with the middle finger.
  • n. A certain rude gesture in some countries, formed with the middle and index fingers.
  • v. To score a birdie.
  • v. To score a birdie.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pretty or dear little bird; -- a pet name.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A childish diminutive of bird.
  • n. A term of endearment for a child or a young woman.
  • n. A name about Aberdeen, Scotland, of the young halibut.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
  • n. (golf) a score of one stroke under par on a hole
  • v. shoot in one stroke under par

Etymologies

From bird +‎ -ie. Compare Dutch vogeltje ("birdie"). (Wiktionary)

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  • The birdies sing and whistle loud,
    The busy insects hum,
    The squirrels chat, the frogs say 'Crook!'
    But the snake is always dumb.
    With not a sound through grasses deep
    The silent snake goes creepy-creep!

    - Langston Hughes, 'The Silent Snake'.

    November 9, 2008