baby step


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 How to pronounce baby-step (audio) \ 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

Its attempts to reinvent this thing that can’t be reinvented tend to involve one baby step of progress and four bounding leaps toward the absurd. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The absurd quest to make the “best” razor," 11 Dec. 2018 Samsung is also taking a baby step across this hardware gap with a Bixby speaker, called the Galaxy Speaker. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Galaxy Note9 hands-on—Samsung ships a bigger battery, not much else," 9 Aug. 2018 In a simple black dress, a far cry from her typical extreme corset pieces, Dalton takes a few baby steps. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Fecal Matter Has Made Its Photoshopped Skin Shoes Into Actual Wearable Heels—And They're $10,000," 24 Oct. 2018 Now, felines won't be included in the show's official judging (baby steps, people), but 40 cat breeds will take part, according to NPR. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Cats Will Be Featured at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show This Year," 2 Feb. 2017 The question, of course, is whether baby steps is an acceptable approach for a franchise that exists to contend for titles. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Has NBA common sense arrived too late for Heat?," 3 June 2018 Many teams in this situation would shorten their goals and prescribe baby steps. Bill Livingston,, "Tyronn Lue's leave of absence makes Cavaliers' title climb steeper: Bill Livingston (photos)," 19 Apr. 2017 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

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

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).


standardized text or formulaic language

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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