baby

noun
ba·​by | \ ˈbā-bē How to pronounce baby (audio) \
plural babies

Definition of baby

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : an extremely young child especially : infant
(2) : an extremely young animal
b : the youngest of a group He is the baby of the family.
2a : one that is like a baby (as in behavior) When it comes to getting shots, I'm a real baby.
b : something that is one's special responsibility, achievement, or interest The project was his baby.
3 slang
a : girl, woman often used in address
b : boy, man often used in address Hey baby, nice car!
4 : person, thing is one tough baby

baby

adjective

Definition of baby (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or being an extremely young child a baby bonnet
2 : much smaller than the usual baby carrots a baby grand piano Take baby steps.

baby

verb
babied; babying

Definition of baby (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to tend to indulge with often excessive or inappropriate care and solicitude babying their only child
2 : to use or treat with care babying a sore knee

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Other Words from baby

Noun

babyhood \ ˈbā-​bē-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce baby (audio) \ noun
babyish \ ˈbā-​bē-​ish How to pronounce baby (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

indulge, pamper, humor, spoil, baby, mollycoddle mean to show undue favor to a person's desires and feelings. indulge implies excessive compliance and weakness in gratifying another's or one's own desires. indulged myself with food at the slightest excuse pamper implies inordinate gratification of desire for luxury and comfort with consequent enervating effect. pampered by the amenities of modern living humor stresses a yielding to a person's moods or whims. humored him by letting him tell the story spoil stresses the injurious effects on character by indulging or pampering. foolish parents spoil their children baby suggests excessive care, attention, or solicitude. babying students by grading too easily mollycoddle suggests an excessive degree of care and attention to another's health or welfare. refused to mollycoddle her malingering son

Examples of baby in a Sentence

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. It looked like he was babying his injured foot.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Reid’s character literally had a baby inside a shark. Washington Post, 12 July 2021 Through all the cooking and fame, the couple haven’t lost sight of one day having a baby. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 The plot of Black Widow suggests The Americans met Mission: Impossible and had a baby named Moonraker. Kyle Smith, National Review, 7 July 2021 There are a lot of traditions involved with having a baby in general, but for members of the royal family, that list of traditions is much longer—and more strict. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 5 July 2021 Michael continues his story - married in 2012, had a baby in 2016 - and then, cancer. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 22 June 2021 Speaking with Essence, Cameron, 30, opens up about how people often ask them about having a baby, even though that's not on the couple's to-do list at the moment. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 15 June 2021 New York is back, baby, which means the Criterion closet is officially open for its Closet Picks YouTube series. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 13 June 2021 The bar tastes a bit as though a stale Pop-Tart and a stale shortbread cookie had a food baby, with a little bit of artificial sweetener sprinkled in. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On Thursday, the Food Network star, 39, opened up about her post-baby body and getting back to feeling herself after welcoming her first child, Iris Marion, with husband Ryan Biegel last September. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 9 July 2021 Ciara was able to see results and get back to her pre-baby weight in an impressive amount of time. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 21 June 2021 The new parents made their first post-baby public appearance on April 17, notes People, to attend the funeral of Princess Eugenie's grandfather, Prince Philip. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 4 May 2021 Sophie Turner shared a crucial message about post-baby bodies on her Instagram Story Thursday. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 19 Mar. 2021 On Monday, the 35-year-old singer shared an update with her fans on her post-baby weight loss, five months after welcoming son, Win Harrison, with husband Russell Wilson. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, 5 Jan. 2021 Had the world been normal, Dobson would have wanted to take a pre-baby vacation, for example. Anchorage Daily News, 25 Dec. 2020 Had the world been normal, Dobson would have wanted to take a pre-baby vacation, for example. Anchorage Daily News, 25 Dec. 2020 Had the world been normal, Dobson would have wanted to take a pre-baby vacation, for example. Anchorage Daily News, 25 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Now, dad can carry the kitchen sink and baby with him at all times! Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Forbes, 11 June 2021 The trans flag features light blue and light pink which represent colors traditionally given to baby girls and boys at birth. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Gibb said Lori Vallow had called Tylee a zombie in spring 2019 when the teen didn’t want to baby-sit her little brother and that Vallow had first learned the concept from Chad Daybell at the start of that year. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 9 Sep. 2019 After a long, excruciating wait in which some grievances are aired, Kate gives birth to baby Jack. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 26 May 2021 In the Christian tradition, the star of Bethlehem guided the three wise men to baby Jesus as depicted in the Nativity scene. Allison Hope, CNN, 6 May 2021 The song began with Rodriguez singing her lullaby to baby Lopez. Nick Romano, EW.com, 3 May 2021 Swap From women's apparel and accessories to baby clothes, Swap.com has it all. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 29 Apr. 2021 And according to Us Weekly, Harry has now been introduced to baby August. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of baby

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adjective

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for baby

Noun

Middle English, from babe

Adjective

attributive use of baby entry 1

Verb

verbal derivative of baby entry 1

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Last Updated

15 Jul 2021

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“Baby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baby. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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baby

noun

English Language Learners Definition of baby

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a very young child
: a very young animal
: the youngest member of a group

baby

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of baby (Entry 2 of 3)

: very small : much smaller than usual

baby

verb

English Language Learners Definition of baby (Entry 3 of 3)

: to treat (someone) like a baby : to be kind or too kind to (someone)
: to operate or treat (something) in a very careful and gentle way

baby

noun
ba·​by | \ ˈbā-bē How to pronounce baby (audio) \
plural babies

Kids Definition of baby

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a very young child
2 : a very young animal
3 : the youngest of a group
4 : a childish person "After all, Meg, we aren't … kids any more. Why do you always act like such a baby?"— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

Other Words from baby

babyish \ ˈbā-​bē-​ish \ adjective

baby

adjective

Kids Definition of baby (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : young entry 1 sense 1 a baby deer
2 : very small Take baby steps.

baby

verb
babied; babying

Kids Definition of baby (Entry 3 of 3)

: to treat as a baby : to be too kind to I'm 15. Stop babying me.

baby

noun
ba·​by | \ ˈbā-bē How to pronounce baby (audio) \
plural babies

Medical Definition of baby

1 : an extremely young child especially : infant
2 : an extremely young animal

Other Words from baby

baby adjective
babyhood \ -​bē-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce baby (audio) \ noun
babyish \ -​ish How to pronounce baby (audio) \ adjective

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