baby talk


Definition of baby talk

1a : the consciously imperfect or altered speech used by adults in speaking to small children
b : the syntactically imperfect speech or phonetically modified forms used by small children learning to talk
2 : oversimplified speech or writing

Examples of baby talk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, sound designers made baby talk recordings and married the tones with a synthesizer to get R2-D2's nearly human sounds. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A weightlifting hero, Kung Fu nuns and an adorable Christmas thief," 21 Dec. 2019 Talk to her in a normal voice (no baby talk or raised voices), but don’t overdo it because too much talk can trigger submissive urination, too. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Dog’s submissive peeing a tricky thing to fix," 18 Oct. 2019 My mother catered to Noosie’s every whim, speaking to her in Arabic baby talk, and her anticipation for grandchildren became less latent. Marlo Safi, National Review, "The American Art of Obsessing over Your Pets," 24 Aug. 2019 Sanad alternated effortlessly between babbling baby talk to his cousin Salma and cracking jokes with the adults. Washington Post, "Your baby bump photos terrify me. Here’s why.," 2 Aug. 2019 Maybe adults don't understand baby talk, but this dad didn't let a little gibberish get in the way of a conversation with his son. Wesli Jones, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 7 June 2019 There was plenty of baby talk during Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal engagements today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Talks About Her Due Date and the Sex of Her Baby," 14 Jan. 2019 Getty Images After a whirlwind trip of Australia featuring koalas, a whole lot of baby talk, and endless adorable PDA moments, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have now begun the second leg of their royal tour. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Decided Not To Wear a Tiara for Her First State Dinner," 23 Oct. 2018 Even Harry himself got in on the baby talk during his speech at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Invictus Games. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Referenced His Baby With Meghan Markle During His Invictus Games Speech," 21 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of baby talk

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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3 Jan 2020

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“Baby talk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of baby talk

: the speech used by very young children who are learning to talk or by adults who are speaking to young children

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Medical Definition of baby talk

1 : the syntactically imperfect speech or phonetically modified forms used by small children learning to talk
2 : the consciously imperfect or altered speech often used by adults in speaking to small children

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