Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Informal A small bird.
  • noun One stroke under par for a hole in golf.
  • transitive verb To shoot (a hole in golf) in one stroke under par.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun diminutive A bird; a birdling.
  • noun golf The completion of a hole one stroke below par.
  • noun badminton A shuttlecock.
  • noun electronics An electromagnetic signal generated from within an electronic device.
  • noun usually preceded by "the" A certain rude gesture in some countries, formed with the middle finger.
  • noun usually preceded by "the" A certain rude gesture in some countries, formed with the middle and index fingers.
  • verb intransitive, golf To score a birdie.
  • verb transitive, golf To score a birdie.

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

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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