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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In anticipation of having a baby, Diego and Courtney were planning to move into a two-bedroom apartment one week after the accident. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Oregon’s piña colada king, who died of COVID-19 at 32, always followed his dreams," 7 Feb. 2021 While Melanie eventually gets pregnant, Sharon is 37 and still figuring out how to have a baby. Emily Gould, Vulture, "Let Sharon Mashihi Whisper in Your Ear," 1 Feb. 2021 This light is as though your Amazon Echo and favorite ring light went and had a baby. Popular Science, "Save over $100 on this Alexa-enabled smart light," 22 Jan. 2021 Remember that time Bernie Sanders was a King Cake baby? Katelyn Umholtz, NOLA.com, "Yes, Bernie Sanders -- and his mittens -- are showing up in New Orleans memes.," 21 Jan. 2021 Which makes sense, considering the new couple have a baby on the way and COVID-19 restrictions remain in place across the UK, complicating any plans to move back out. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Royal Experts Have Explained Why Princess Eugenie Moved Out of Frogmore Cottage," 14 Jan. 2021 But more than anything, this is his baby for making bread. Joe Ray, Wired, "This $40 Cast-Iron Pot Is the Secret to Baking a Perfect Loaf," 3 Jan. 2021 Weighing in at 7 pounds, 12 ounces, Dean Itani was the first baby born at the West Bloomfield hospital and the second of the five-hospital Henry Ford Health System in 2021. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "First babies of 2021 a 'special gift' for metro Detroit families," 1 Jan. 2021 Tim coached there for one season, when Michael was just a baby, and then the family moved to Lawrence after Self was named the head coach of the Jayhawks. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Tim Jankovich’s relationship with Bill Self spans decades. The SMU coach’s son, Michael, is deepening that bond as a Kansas walk-on," 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Had the world been normal, Dobson would have wanted to take a pre-baby vacation, for example. Anchorage Daily News, "Conceived in a pandemic, born in a pandemic: The first quarantine babies are arriving," 25 Dec. 2020 Had the world been normal, Dobson would have wanted to take a pre-baby vacation, for example. Anchorage Daily News, "Conceived in a pandemic, born in a pandemic: The first quarantine babies are arriving," 25 Dec. 2020 Had the world been normal, Dobson would have wanted to take a pre-baby vacation, for example. Anchorage Daily News, "Conceived in a pandemic, born in a pandemic: The first quarantine babies are arriving," 25 Dec. 2020 Had the world been normal, Dobson would have wanted to take a pre-baby vacation, for example. Anchorage Daily News, "Conceived in a pandemic, born in a pandemic: The first quarantine babies are arriving," 25 Dec. 2020 Had the world been normal, Dobson would have wanted to take a pre-baby vacation, for example. Anchorage Daily News, "Conceived in a pandemic, born in a pandemic: The first quarantine babies are arriving," 25 Dec. 2020 Had the world been normal, Dobson would have wanted to take a pre-baby vacation, for example. Washington Post, "Conceived in a pandemic, born in a pandemic: The first quarantine babies are arriving," 24 Dec. 2020 On Sunday, Perry gave her followers a peek at her post-baby body, posting a mock VMAs look in a snapshot on her Instagram Story. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Beyoncé Sends Katy Perry Flowers to Celebrate Birth of Daughter Daisy Dove: 'ILY'," 2 Sep. 2020 The two ultimately decided to place her for adoption but continued to document their post-baby life for MTV’s Teen Mom OG. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Mom's Catelynn and Tyler Baltierra Celebrate 5 Years of Marriage with Romantic Getaway," 21 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "This Is Why It’s Tradition to Put an Angel on Top of Your Christmas Tree," 4 Dec. 2020 Your pro dance partner Artem is a new father to baby Mateo, has that inspired you for a new chapter? Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'DWTS' winner Kaitlyn Bristowe gives update on dancing injuries, jokes about 'baby fever'," 24 Nov. 2020 This body butter melts and absorbs into skin instantly upon application and—with its high dose of healing rosehip oil and nourishing shea, coconut, and mango butters—leaves skin feeling supple and baby soft. The Editors, Marie Claire, "52 New Beauty Products That Will Change Your Life," 29 Sep. 2020 In that moment, my heart went out the cook at Tamari hunched over the pot, trying to baby the khinkali while also grilling sausages and baking cheese breads during dinner service. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "What I learned from eating frozen food exclusively for two weeks," 21 Sep. 2020 His daughter rubbed her mother's stomach, and talked to baby Gabriel. Chiamaka Ofulue, CNN, "A 3-year-old whose mom died of Covid-19 still asks her dad about when 'mommy was coming home'," 19 Aug. 2020 Sometimes guys after an injury come back and baby that. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Lions' TJ Hockenson optimistic after training with college teammate/All-Pro George Kittle," 19 Aug. 2020 After the couple posted a video of Markle reading a book to baby Archie in honor of Save The Children UK, Jennifer Garner, a supporter of the charity, posted a public message of thanks. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Jennifer Garner Penned An Open Letter To Meghan Markle & Prince Harry," 8 May 2020 From funerals and weddings, to baby showers and graduations, the coronavirus pandemic has caused families all over the world to cancel or postpone life's biggest moments. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "As New York takes weddings online, Cuomo jokes now there's 'no excuse' to tie the knot," 18 Apr. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for baby

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The first known use of baby was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

21 Feb 2021

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“Baby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baby. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for baby

baby

noun

English Language Learners Definition of baby

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a very young child
: a very young animal
: the youngest member of a group

baby

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of baby (Entry 2 of 3)

: very small : much smaller than usual

baby

verb

English Language Learners Definition of baby (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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

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 overly kind to He's 15. Stop babying him.

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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