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
Examples of baby in a Sentence
I hear the baby crying.
The baby is just learning to crawl.
a bird and its babies
My sister is the baby of the family.
“Only 32? Oh, you're just a baby!”
When it comes to getting shots, I'm a real baby.
Don't be such a baby—you'll get your turn.
Nothing's gone right since my baby went away. Verb
That boy will never learn to stand up for himself if you don't stop babying him.
He was babying his injured foot. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Celebrating weddings, babies and other milestones together, the stars also leaned on each other when Saget died suddenly in early 2022.—Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 There are many ways to feed your baby, including chestfeeding or feeding your baby formula.—Sage Agee, Parents, 13 Sep. 2023 Many of the incidents involved soft bedding like blankets, which can pose a suffocation threat, being placed near or on the babies.—Suzy Khimm, NBC News, 13 Sep. 2023 About 1,000 babies are born with Sickle Cell each year, the Red Cross reported.—Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 13 Sep. 2023 One, Nicole Blackmon, began to show warning signs of preeclampsia, and delivered a stillborn baby in the seven month of pregnancy.—Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 12 Sep. 2023 The Siamese crocodiles, including 69 adults and six babies, were confirmed missing after about four months’ worth of rain pelted the subtropical city Saturday and Sunday.—Lyric Li, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 The baby will eventually be visited by its parents for care.—Mika Travis, Detroit Free Press, 2 Sep. 2023 Additional police appeared on the scene and the baby was transported to a local hospital, per The Detroit News.—David Chiu, Peoplemag, 1 Sep. 2023
Plus, judging by Dustin May, Walker Buehler and many others, babying a pitcher doesn’t seem too effective.—Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2023 According to the Christmas story, in addition to angels, the star of Bethlehem (also called the Christmas star) appeared in the sky to guide people to baby Jesus.—Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2022 Claire Danes is getting mixed reactions to baby No. 3.—Glenn Garner, Peoplemag, 28 Jan. 2023 The cake symbolizes the three kings bringing gifts to baby Jesus.—Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, 24 Jan. 2023 Mandy Moore's son Gus is already the best big brother to baby Ozzie.—Georgia Slater, Peoplemag, 22 Dec. 2022 Children leave their shoes out the night of Jan. 5 and anxiously await the arrival of the kings — Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar — who brought special gifts to baby Jesus.—Betty Chavarria, Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2022 Thank you to all the people who have given me and baby girl so much love from near and far and @melindafrenchgates for hosting this incredible evening.—Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 26 Dec. 2022 From cars and dolls to baby toys and video games, your gift list is covered.—Ellen McAlpine, Good Housekeeping, 9 Dec. 2022 See More
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