cad·die also cad·dy (kădē)
n. pl. cad·dies
1. One hired to serve as an attendant to a golfer, especially by carrying the golf clubs.
2. Scots A boy who does odd jobs.
3. Any of various devices for moving, carrying, or holding an item or collection of items, especially:
a. A lightweight wheeled cart, often fitted with shelves or racks.
b. A small tray with a handle and compartments for holding items such as toiletries or hardware.
c. A lightweight freestanding rack designed to hold accessories.
d. A small wheeled cart attached to a bicycle and used as a conveyance for a child.
intr.v. cad·died, cad·dy·ing, cad·dies
To serve as a caddie.
[Scots, from French cadet, cadet, caddie; see CADET.]
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