baby

noun
ba·​by | \ ˈbā-bē How to pronounce baby (audio) \
plural babies

Definition of baby

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : an extremely young child especially : infant
(2) : an extremely young animal
b : the youngest of a group He is the baby of the family.
2a : one that is like a baby (as in behavior) When it comes to getting shots, I'm a real baby.
b : something that is one's special responsibility, achievement, or interest The project was his baby.
3 slang
a : girl, woman often used in address
b : boy, man often used in address Hey baby, nice car!
4 : person, thing is one tough baby

baby

adjective

Definition of baby (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or being an extremely young child a baby bonnet
2 : much smaller than the usual baby carrots a baby grand piano Take baby steps.

baby

verb
babied; babying

Definition of baby (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Other Words from baby

Noun

babyhood \ ˈbā-​bē-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce baby (audio) \ noun
babyish \ ˈbā-​bē-​ish How to pronounce baby (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

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

Examples of baby in a Sentence

Noun 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. It looked like he was babying his injured foot. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Parents are looking for answers and alternatives as the baby formula shortage continues to worsen in the US. Aj Willingham, CNN, 13 May 2022 Stories like a young Muslim man in Lexington, Kentucky, stabbed to death while delivering pizza, or a Muslim woman in Pakistan whose face burned off by acid thrown at her, or a Palestinian baby burned alive. Brandon Drenon, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2022 The baby wallaby was estimated to be between 5 and 6 months old. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2022 The baby formula shortage began with ongoing supply chain issues — and escalated due to recalls by formula manufacturer Abbott Laboratories, FOX Business previously reported. Fox News, 13 May 2022 Because if her current style is any indication, the 2000s are back, baby! Ana Escalante, Glamour, 13 May 2022 For all the latest on the baby formula shortages, stay with USATODAY.com. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 Several of the baby formulas available through Arkansas WIC are manufactured by Nestlé. Tess Vrbin, Arkansas Online, 13 May 2022 Nestlé, which makes Gerber baby-food products, had a nearly 10% market share. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The rapper continued her surprise post-baby tour of Paris Fashion Week at the Balenciaga office in Paris Thursday. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Oct. 2021 Earlier this week, the mom of two made her first post-baby appearance strutting down the red carpet in a jaw-dropping look from Thierry Mugler. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 30 Sep. 2021 During a recent meditation session, the memory of a friend who had struggled with losing her post-baby weight came to Ross. Lola Ogunnaike, Marie Claire, 17 May 2021 Sevigny also shared how she's been adapting to parenthood, explaining how her pre-baby organization has gone out the window since bringing home her new addition. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 31 Aug. 2020 Two more members of the group chimed in with tales of their own post-baby dental decline. Rosie Colosi, The Atlantic, 28 July 2021 The duo recently opened up about learning how to embrace their post-baby bodies and experiencing postpartum symptoms together. Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 13 July 2021 On Thursday, the Food Network star, 39, opened up about her post-baby body and getting back to feeling herself after welcoming her first child, Iris Marion, with husband Ryan Biegel last September. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 9 July 2021 Ciara was able to see results and get back to her pre-baby weight in an impressive amount of time. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 21 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His team is incredible— and baby them Gucci coats….?!?? Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 27 Apr. 2022 His team is incredible— and baby them Gucci coats….?!?? Seventeen, 25 Apr. 2022 His team is incredible— and baby them Gucci coats….?!?? Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 27 Apr. 2022 His team is incredible— and baby them Gucci coats….?!?? Seventeen, 25 Apr. 2022 His team is incredible— and baby them Gucci coats….?!?? Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2022 Born in 1994, Bridgers grew up absorbing a broad range of music inherited from her parents and their friends, who introduced her to baby boomer icons such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. Suzy Expositostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Experimenting with nearly 70-something styles last year alone, Cha treats her hair like a blank canvas, adorning it with everything from #BlackLivesMatter fists to baby devil horns. Cassandra Pintro, Vogue, 20 Jan. 2022 That date marks the Christian holiday of Epiphany, when three kings brought presents to baby Jesus. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of baby

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adjective

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for baby

Noun

Middle English, from babe

Adjective

attributive use of baby entry 1

Verb

verbal derivative of baby entry 1

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Last Updated

16 May 2022

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More Definitions for baby

baby

noun
ba·​by | \ ˈbā-bē How to pronounce baby (audio) \
plural babies

Kids Definition of baby

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a very young child
2 : a very young animal
3 : the youngest of a group
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

Other Words from baby

babyish \ ˈbā-​bē-​ish \ adjective

baby

adjective

Kids Definition of baby (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : young entry 1 sense 1 a baby deer
2 : very small Take baby steps.

baby

verb
babied; babying

Kids Definition of baby (Entry 3 of 3)

: to treat as a baby : to be too kind to I'm 15. Stop babying me.

baby

noun
ba·​by | \ ˈbā-bē How to pronounce baby (audio) \
plural babies

Medical Definition of baby

1 : an extremely young child especially : infant
2 : an extremely young animal

Other Words from baby

baby adjective
babyhood \ -​bē-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce baby (audio) \ noun
babyish \ -​ish How to pronounce baby (audio) \ adjective

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