(pl. caddies) (in golf) a person who helps a player by carrying his or her clubs and equipment during a game See related entries: Golf Word Origin mid 17th cent. (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 cent.