: an extremely young child
especially : infant
She just had a baby.
I hear the baby crying.—sometimes used of an adult daughter or son to express parental nostalgia or affection
Our baby has gone off to college. You'll always be my baby.
: an extremely young animal
: the youngest of a group
He is the baby of the family.
: one that is like a baby (as in behavior)
When it comes to getting shots, I'm a real baby.
: something that is one's special responsibility, achievement, or interest
The project was his baby.
: of, relating to, or being an extremely young child
a baby bonnet
: much smaller than the usual
a baby grand piano
Take baby steps.
: to tend to indulge with often excessive or inappropriate care and solicitude
babying their only child
: to use or treat with care
babying a sore knee
Noun I hear the baby crying. The baby is just learning to crawl. a bird and its babies My sister is the baby of the family. “Only 32? Oh, you're just a baby!” When it comes to getting shots, I'm a real baby. Don't be such a baby—you'll get your turn. Nothing's gone right since my baby went away. Verb That boy will never learn to stand up for himself if you don't stop babying him. He was babying his injured foot. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
NounTeigen wrote at the time, referring to her baby's spit-up being captured on camera. —Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Apr. 2023 Finally, breastfeeding reduces the risk of future breast cancer and has many benefits for your baby. —Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 5 Apr. 2023 She's been my baby since she was born. —Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2023 Her baby was born with an addiction to opioids as a result, according to an indictment. —Julia Marnin The Charlotte Observer (tns), al, 4 Apr. 2023 Kaley Cuoco and Tom Pelphrey are cherishing every moment with their baby girl. —Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 4 Apr. 2023 Tell her her babies miss her. —Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Apr. 2023 Rihanna posted a new video of her 10-month-old baby adorably keeping the star from getting her workout in. —Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 1 Apr. 2023 Zoe didn’t immediately breastfed her baby when Turner was there. —Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2023
VerbAccording to the Christmas story, in addition to angels, the star of Bethlehem (also called the Christmas star) appeared in the sky to guide people to baby Jesus. —Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2022 Claire Danes is getting mixed reactions to baby No. 3. —Glenn Garner, Peoplemag, 28 Jan. 2023 The cake symbolizes the three kings bringing gifts to baby Jesus. —Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, 24 Jan. 2023 Mandy Moore's son Gus is already the best big brother to baby Ozzie. —Georgia Slater, Peoplemag, 22 Dec. 2022 Children leave their shoes out the night of Jan. 5 and anxiously await the arrival of the kings — Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar — who brought special gifts to baby Jesus. —Betty Chavarria, Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2022 Thank you to all the people who have given me and baby girl so much love from near and far and @melindafrenchgates for hosting this incredible evening. —Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 26 Dec. 2022 From cars and dolls to baby toys and video games, your gift list is covered. —Ellen Mcalpine, Good Housekeeping, 9 Dec. 2022 From hot chocolate, to PJs, to sweat pants, to hats, to baby clothes, to dog clothes... —Melanie Rud, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2022 See More
These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'baby.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.
Love words? Need even more definitions?Merriam-Webster unabridged
See Definitions and Examples »
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Words at Play
Palter, Dissemble, and Other Words for Lying
Skunk, Bayou, and Other Words with Native American Origins
You've used more than you might think
Words For Things You Didn't Know Have Names, Vol. 2
When 'thingamajig' and 'thingamabob' just won't do
When Were Words First Used?
Look up any year to find out
Ask the Editors
Name That Tree!
A quiz that’s all bark, no bite.
Take the quiz
Name That Thing MegaQuiz: Vol. 5
Test your visual vocabulary!
Take the quiz
Name That Thing
You know what it looks like… but what is it cal...
Take the quiz
Spelling Bee Quiz
Can you outdo past winners of the National Spelli...
Take the quiz