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baby

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noun ba·by \ˈbā-bē\

Simple Definition of baby

  • : a very young child

  • : a very young animal

  • : the youngest member of a group

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of baby

plural babies

  1. 1 a (1) :  an extremely young child; especially :  infant (2) :  an extremely young animal b :  the youngest of a group

  2. 2 a :  one that is like a baby (as in behavior) b :  something that is one's special responsibility, achievement, or interest

  3. 3 slang a :  girl, woman —often used in address b :  boy, man —often used in address

  4. 4 :  person, thing <is one tough baby>

babyhood play \-bē-ˌhu̇d\ noun
babyish play \-ish\ adjective

Examples of baby in a sentence

  1. I hear the baby crying.

  2. The baby is just learning to crawl.

  3. a bird and its babies

  4. My sister is the baby of the family.

  5. Only 32? Oh, you're just a baby!

  6. When it comes to getting shots, I'm a real baby.

  7. Don't be such a baby—you'll get your turn.

  8. Nothing's gone right since my baby went away.



Origin of baby

Middle English, from babe


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with baby


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baby

adjective ba·by

Simple Definition of baby

  • : very small : much smaller than usual

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of baby

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being a baby

  2. 2 :  much smaller than the usual <baby carrots> <a baby flattop> <take two baby steps>

1591

First Known Use of baby

1591


3

baby

verb ba·by

Simple Definition of baby

  • : to treat (someone) like a baby : to be kind or too kind to (someone)

  • : to operate or treat (something) in a very careful and gentle way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of baby

babiedbabying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to tend to indulge with often excessive or inappropriate care and solicitude <babying their only child>

  3. 2 :  to use or treat with care <babying a sore knee>

Examples of baby in a sentence

  1. That boy will never learn to stand up for himself if you don't stop babying him.

  2. It looked like he was babying his injured foot.



1744

First Known Use of baby

1744

Synonym Discussion of baby

indulge, pamper, humor, spoil, baby, mollycoddle mean to show undue favor to a person's desires and feelings. indulge implies excessive compliance and weakness in gratifying another's or one's own desires <indulged myself with food at the slightest excuse>. pamper implies inordinate gratification of desire for luxury and comfort with consequent enervating effect <pampered by the amenities of modern living>. humor stresses a yielding to a person's moods or whims <humored him by letting him tell the story>. spoil stresses the injurious effects on character by indulging or pampering <foolish parents spoil their children>. baby suggests excessive care, attention, or solicitude <babying students by grading too easily>. mollycoddle suggests an excessive degree of care and attention to another's health or welfare <refused to mollycoddle her malingering son>.


BABY Defined for Kids

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baby

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noun ba·by \ˈbā-bē\

Definition of baby for Students

plural babies

  1. 1 :  a very young child

  2. 2 :  a very young animal

  3. 3 :  the youngest of a group

  4. 4 :  a childish person <“After all, Meg, we aren't … kids any more. Why do you always act like such a baby?” — Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time>

babyish \ˈbā-bē-ish\ adjective



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baby

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adjective ba·by

Definition of baby for Students

  1. 1 :  1young 1 <a baby deer>

  2. 2 :  very small <Take baby steps.>




3

baby

play
verb ba·by

Definition of baby for Students

babiedbabying

  1. :  to treat as a baby :  to be overly kind to <He's 15. Stop babying him.>




Medical Dictionary

baby

play
noun ba·by \ˈbā-bē\

Medical Definition of baby

plural babies

  1. 1:  an extremely young child; especially :  infant

  2. 2:  an extremely young animal

baby adjective
babyhood \-bē-ˌhu̇d\play noun
babyish \-ish\play adjective




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