ted·​dy | \ ˈte-dē How to pronounce teddy (audio) \
plural teddies

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Recent Examples on the Web In recent weeks, neighborhoods in cities around the world have participated in these bear hunts, encouraging families to place their favorite stuffed teddy in the front window of their home as a scavenger hunt. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Teddy bear hunt pops up across Indy, providing a family-friendly distraction from COVID-19," 3 Apr. 2020 In all, Bears staff counted 45,650 toys, from huggable teddies to a gigantic stuffed sloth that waded down the stands like a crowd surfer. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Fans pelted more than 45,000 stuffed animals at a Pennsylvania hockey team -- for charity, of course," 2 Dec. 2019 Rihanna did right by her fans by putting her latest teddies and other lacy pieces immediately on sale at Amazon, and by setting up photo booths for her audience’s pleasure outside the Brooklyn stadium after the 40-minute show. Washington Post, "Big Sean, Halsey, Migos rock Rihanna’s lingerie fashion show," 11 Sep. 2019 From the Australia tour, per The Telegraph: They were handed at least 97 soft toys and teddies, including 11 koalas, five kangaroos, four kiwis and one echidna. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Baby Sussex's Gifts From Australian Fans Include 11 Stuffed Koalas and Three Boomerangs," 5 Apr. 2019 Shop Grace Elizabeth's Lingerie Picks Victoria's Secret slip, $45, victoriassecret.com SHOP; Victoria's Secret teddy, $60, victoriassecret.com SHOP; Victoria's Secret kimono robe, $65, victoriassecret.com SHOP. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Grace Elizabeth Is Now a Victoria's Secret Angel," 10 Apr. 2019 Perhaps no threat to Victoria’s Secret’s dominance is more mortal than Rihanna, whose Savage x Fenty show made headlines when pregnant model Slick Woods walked the runway in pasties, a strappy teddy, and stilettos. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "“We’re Nobody’s Third Love, We’re Their First Love”—The Architects of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Are Still Banking on Bombshells," 8 Nov. 2018 Exceptional also told Snopes it was inspired to make the Trumpian teddy in the grand tradition of the original teddy bear being named after President Teddy Roosevelt in 1902. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "How Can the Trump-ified Teddy, Trumpy Bear, Be Real?," 12 Nov. 2018 On the red carpet, Halsey took the whole lingerie as an outfit yet another step further wearing a black teddy with a bra and underwear. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Wore Her Bra and Underwear as an Outfit on the Red Carpet," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of teddy

1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teddy

origin unknown

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The first known use of teddy was in 1924

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13 Apr 2020

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“Teddy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teddy. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of teddy

chiefly US : a piece of light clothing that is worn by women as underwear or in bed

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