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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

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>

ba·by·hood play \-bē-ˌhu̇d\ noun
ba·by·ish play \-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



adjective ba·by

Simple Definition of baby

  • : very small : much smaller than usual

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>


First Known Use of 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

Full Definition of baby


  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

  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


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>.

Medical Dictionary


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

  3. baby adjective
    ba·by·hood \-bē-ˌhu̇d\play noun
    ba·by·ish \-ish\play adjective

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February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

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