baby talk

noun
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of baby talk

1 a : 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

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First Known Use of baby talk

1788

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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BABY TALK Defined for English Language Learners

baby talk

Definition of baby talk for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

baby talk

noun

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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