teddy bear


ted·​dy bear ˈte-dē-ˌber How to pronounce teddy bear (audio)
: a stuffed toy bear

Examples of teddy bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ted is set in 1993, eight years after John (played by Max Burkholder) wished for his teddy bear to come to life for Christmas. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 May 2024 The retail brand is open to members, who can purchase three different levels of membership Along with normal groceries, Costco's inventory is home to several fun items, including life-size teddy bears and bricks of gold. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 Email address: Like other Thai parents, they’d been bombarded by formula advertising on television, online and in grocery stores, where a rainbow of boxes and canisters of powdered toddler milk featured teddy bears in graduation caps and giveaways like toys or diapers. Heather Vogell, ProPublica, 21 Mar. 2024 The toddler scale is shaped like a teddy bear and can withstand up to 60 pounds. Laura Lu, Ms, Parents, 21 Mar. 2024 Guests either got to wear a diaper with an oversized comical pin, a ruffled baby hat that came with a rattle, or adult-sized footy pajamas accessorized with a teddy bear and a sucker. CBS News, 17 Mar. 2024 At the party, guests had the opportunity to play a claw machine game with Anna Zuckerman Jewelry on teddy bears as prizes. Brian Anthony Hernandez, Peoplemag, 17 Mar. 2024 Firefighters then delivered three teddy bears to Brown’s children, and Youngkin got on one knee to give the family a Virginia flag framed in a wooden box. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2024 An array of flowers and teddy bears lay at the feet of the memorial. C. Isaiah Smalls Ii, Miami Herald, 28 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Teddy, nickname of Theodore Roosevelt; from a cartoon depicting the president sparing the life of a bear cub while hunting

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teddy bear was in 1905

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“Teddy bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teddy%20bear. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

teddy bear

ted·​dy bear ˈted-ē- How to pronounce teddy bear (audio)
: a stuffed toy bear

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