baby step

noun

Definition of baby step 

: a very small step or advance in progress These companies can create products that take a real leap forward, rather than the traditional baby steps that larger companies with greater commitments must make.Home Theater

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from baby step

baby-step \ˈbā-bē-ˌstep \ verb, transitive + intransitive baby-stepped; baby-stepping
… after the 2-1 victory that baby-stepped the sixth-place Rangers within four points of the first-place Devils … —Larry Brooks "This is murder," John Chaney had said in that ever-raspy voice as he baby-stepped toward the court Thursday night. "My feet are killing me." —Tom Archdeacon

Examples of baby step in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

But the United States is not so enthused about Seoul's baby steps toward rapprochement. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The icy geopolitics of the Winter Olympics," 9 Feb. 2018 Yet the Europeans have so far taken only baby steps to develop their own defence efforts. The Economist, "Will Donald Trump be Triumphant, Tetchy or Torpedo?," 5 July 2018 Perhaps the baby steps of progress can lead to his being back in the lineup soon. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wil Myers better, so is Austin Hedges; A.J. Ellis shows wisdom," 4 Apr. 2018 Team officials are willing to accept slow but steady baby steps. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Jonathan Isaac, Mo Bamba gave Magic hope at summer league," 14 July 2018 For Serena Williams, this year has been about baby steps — her own, and those of her 10-month-old daughter. Sam Farmer, latimes.com, "Serena Williams advances to her 10th Wimbledon final with victory over Julia Goerges," 12 July 2018 Businesses have long tried to alleviate the anxiety of waiting, going back to those serpentine bank lines that allow people to see their baby steps on their way to the teller. Allan Ripp, WSJ, "A Minute Feels Like 60 Billion Nanoseconds," 21 May 2018 In lieu of a total system shakeup, Jason Sappington, the senior transportation planner for the Regional Planning Commission, argues in favor of strong, effective baby steps. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "How does the New Orleans area get true regional transit?," 20 May 2018 There’s no need to make major changes at first, just baby steps. Sunset, "4 Key Things Every Millennial Needs to Know about Saving," 22 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'baby step.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of baby step

1825, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about baby step

Statistics for baby step

Last Updated

11 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for baby step

The first known use of baby step was in 1825

See more words from the same year

Comments on baby step

What made you want to look up baby step? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the setting in which something occurs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!