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baby

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noun ba·by \ˈbā-bē\

Definition of baby

plural

babies

  1. 1a (1) :  an extremely young child; especially :  infant (2) :  an extremely young animalb :  the youngest of a group He is the baby of the family.

  2. 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. 3 slang a :  girl, woman —often used in addressb :  boy, man —often used in address Hey baby, nice car!

  4. 4 :  person, thing is one tough baby

babyhood

play \-bē-ˌhu̇d\ noun

babyish

play \-ish\ adjective

Examples of baby in a Sentence

  1. I hear the baby crying.

  2. The baby is just learning to crawl.

  3. a bird and its babies

  4. My sister is the baby of the family.

  5. Only 32? Oh, you're just a baby!

  6. When it comes to getting shots, I'm a real baby.

  7. Don't be such a baby—you'll get your turn.

  8. Nothing's gone right since my baby went away.

Origin and Etymology of baby

Middle English, from babe


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baby

adjective ba·by

Definition of baby

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being an extremely young child a baby bonnet

  2. 2 :  much smaller than the usual baby carrots a baby grand piano Take baby steps.

Origin and Etymology of baby

attributive use of 1baby


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baby

verb ba·by

Definition of baby

babied

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babying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to tend to indulge with often excessive or inappropriate care and solicitude babying their only child

  3. 2 :  to use or treat with care babying a sore knee

Examples of baby in a Sentence

  1. That boy will never learn to stand up for himself if you don't stop babying him.

  2. It looked like he was babying his injured foot.

Origin and Etymology of baby

verbal derivative of 1baby

Synonym Discussion of baby

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

BABY Defined for English Language Learners

baby

play
noun

Definition of baby for English Language Learners

  • : a very young child

  • : a very young animal

  • : the youngest member of a group

baby

adjective

Definition of baby for English Language Learners

  • : very small : much smaller than usual

baby

verb

Definition of baby for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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baby

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noun ba·by \ˈbā-bē\

Definition of baby for Students

plural

babies

  1. 1 :  a very young child

  2. 2 :  a very young animal

  3. 3 :  the youngest of a group

  4. 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

babyish

\ˈbā-bē-ish\ adjective

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baby

play
adjective ba·by

Definition of baby for Students

  1. 1 :  1young 1 a baby deer

  2. 2 :  very small Take baby steps.


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baby

play
verb ba·by

Definition of baby for Students

babied

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babying

  1. :  to treat as a baby :  to be overly kind to He's 15. Stop babying him.


Medical Dictionary

baby

play
noun ba·by \ˈbā-bē\

Medical Definition of baby

plural

babies

  1. 1:  an extremely young child; especially :  infant

  2. 2:  an extremely young animal

baby

adjective

babyhood

\-bē-ˌhu̇d\play noun

babyish

\-ish\play adjective


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