baby bust


: a marked decline in birth rate
baby buster noun

Examples of baby bust in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The baby bust has been particularly pronounced in rapidly aging populations like Southern California. Andre Mouchard, Orange County Register, 2 June 2024 To survive the post-2008 baby bust, colleges may need to enroll more underrepresented minority and low-income students, and adjust fees and programming to help students complete degrees without a mountain of debt. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2024 Despite decades of declining birth rates and years of hand-wringing over a pandemic baby bust, there are now more than 2 billion alpha children worldwide — more than quarter of the population of the planet — and some 6 million in California alone. Sonja Sharp, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Instead, the pandemic produced a baby bust. Grady McGregor, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2021 California is seeing a COVID-19 baby bust. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021 Although there were predictions that COVID-19 triggered a baby bust, the 2020 data provides little insight into whether or not the pandemic actually impacted birth trends in the U.S. Emily Barone, Time, 5 May 2021 The ‘baby bust’ deepened through Covid. Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 Some Americans question the need to move that needle, arguing that a baby bust is good for the planet and its finite resources and that slower U.S. population growth – the last decade (2010-19) was the slowest since the Great Depression – is an opportunity not a crisis. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of baby bust was in 1966

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“Baby bust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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