baby


1ba·by

noun \ˈbā-bē\

: a very young child

: a very young animal

: the youngest member of a group

plural babies

Full Definition of BABY

1
a (1) :  an extremely young child; especially :  infant (2) :  an extremely young animal
b :  the youngest of a group
2
a :  one that is like a baby (as in behavior)
b :  something that is one's special responsibility, achievement, or interest
3
slang
a :  girl, woman —often used in address
b :  boy, man —often used in address
4
:  person, thing <is one tough baby>
ba·by·hood \-bē-ˌhd\ noun
ba·by·ish \-ish\ adjective

Examples of BABY

  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

2baby

adjective

: very small : much smaller than usual

Full Definition of BABY

1
:  of, relating to, or being a baby
2
:  much smaller than the usual <baby carrots> <a baby flattop> <take two baby steps>

First Known Use of BABY

1591

3baby

verb

: 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

ba·biedba·by·ing

Full Definition of BABY

transitive verb
1
:  to tend to indulge with often excessive or inappropriate care and solicitude <babying their only child>
2
:  to use or treat with care <babying a sore knee>

Examples of BABY

  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.

First Known Use of BABY

1744

ba·by

noun \ˈbā-bē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural babies

Medical Definition of BABY

1
: an extremely young child; especially : infant
2
: an extremely young animal
baby adjective
ba·by·hood \-bē-ˌhd\ noun
ba·by·ish \-ish\ adjective

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