ted·​dy | \ˈte-dē \
plural teddies

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For those whose biggest priority is comfort, this Eberjey Colette teddy is on sale for $49. Maria Cassano, Allure, "Journelle's Semi-Annual Sale Is Offering 50% Off on Bras, Underwear, and More," 14 June 2018 He is romantically involved with a TV starlet, who upstaged him in an appearance at the San Remo musical festival in a transparent gown with sequin accents over a lace teddy. Washington Post, "New faces and old hands battle it out in Italy’s election," 3 Mar. 2018 Saturday Night Live did an appalling skit about Sanders a few weeks ago, making her look obese and stuffed into a leather teddy, reenacting a Demi Lovato video. Julie Kelly, National Review, "The Double Standard for Trump Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders," 12 Dec. 2017 A pink teddy bear sat in a line of stuffed animals that looked out onto the street, keeping watch. Tessa Weinberg, The Courier-Journal, "‘Seeing blood on the walls’: Mother of 7-year-old killed by stray bullet struggles with private heartache," 16 Aug. 2017 Branagh’s consolation prize: A stuffed teddy bear, given to her by Zhang. Tom Hoffarth, Orange County Register, "China’s Xi Zhang knows the language of volleyball in AVP debut season," 22 June 2017 And the store is kicking off its annual summer Camp Erin charity project, which provides bereaved children with teddies in handmade outfits. Mary Mooney, OregonLive.com, "Knitting Bee launches sale, annual Camp Erin teddy drive," 31 May 2017 These storylines can infiltrate schools, tainting a teacher’s expectations of both her power and her complicated students—like T, my 10th-grader who toted a pink teddy bear with a safety pin jammed through its ear. Anne Beatty, The Atlantic, "Hollywood's Reductive Narratives About School," 30 May 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of teddy

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

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