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babyproof

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verb ba·by·proof \ ˈbā-bē-ˌprüf \

Definition of babyproof

babyproofed; babyproofing
transitive verb
:to make (something) safe for infants and young children by eliminating or minimizing potential hazards
  • When our oldest child learned to walk we finally had to babyproof the house.
  • —Jeff Foxworthy

First Known Use of babyproof

1921


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babyproof

adjective

Definition of babyproof

:made safe for infants and young children by the elimination or reduction of potential hazards
  • Ben and Jessa's house was not yet babyproof, which meant either they had to fix that before 5 p.m. that day when the other kids showed up, or they would risk those kids getting into lots of things they shouldn't.
  • —Elizabeth Durand Streisand
; especially :designed to prevent opening or access by infants and young children
  • Keep garbage in containers with babyproof lids.
  • —Kim Zarzour

First Known Use of babyproof

1881


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