noun, plural cad·dies.

  1. a container, rack, or other device for holding, organizing, or storing items: a pencil caddy; a bedspread caddy.
  2. Chiefly British. tea caddy.

noun, plural cad·dies, verb (used without object), cad·died, cad·dy·ing.

  1. caddie.


  1. Golf. a person hired to carry a player’s clubs, find the ball, etc.
  2. a person who runs errands, does odd jobs, etc.
  3. caddie cart.
  4. any rigidly structured, wheeled device for carrying or moving around heavy objects: a luggage caddie.

verb (used without object), cad·died, cad·dy·ing.

  1. to work as a caddie.

noun plural -dies

  1. mainly British a small container, esp for tea

noun, verb plural -dies or -dies, -dying or -died

  1. a variant spelling of caddie

noun plural -dies

  1. golf an attendant who carries clubs, etc, for a player

verb -dies, -dying or -died

  1. (intr) to act as a caddie

“small box for tea,” 1792, from Malay kati a weight equivalent to about a pound and a third (in English from 1590s as catty), adopted as a standard mid-18c. by British companies in the East Indies. Apparently the word for a measure of tea was transferred to the chest it was carried in.


1630s, Scottish form of French cadet (see cadet). Originally “person who runs errands;” meaning of “golfer’s assistant” is 1851. A letter from Edinburgh c.1730 describes the city’s extensive and semi-organized “Cawdys, a very useful Black-Guard, who attend … publick Places to go at Errands; and though they are Wretches, that in Rags lye upon the Stairs and in the Streets at Night, yet are they often considerably trusted …. This Corps has a kind of Captain … presiding over them, whom they call the Constable of the Cawdys.”

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