teddy bear

noun
ted·​dy bear | \ ˈte-dē-ˌber How to pronounce teddy bear (audio) \

Definition of teddy bear

: a stuffed toy bear

Examples of teddy bear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Compared to a teddy bear, an American flag on a stick doesn’t look cuddly. Annie Gabillet, New York Times, "Why Your Kid Wants to Cuddle With Her Toothbrush," 16 Apr. 2020 Ron was a tough-as-nails Marine who was a big teddy bear on the inside. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus wreaks havoc on top Minnesota officials and their families," 23 Mar. 2020 On a shelf in Crystal Mackall's office at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, catty-corner to a window that looks out on a lovely California scrub scape, is a teddy bear that once belonged to a boy named Sam. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Health," 1 Feb. 2020 A bird with a long neck but short legs, for example, might be linked with the image of a bell, whereas a bird with a short neck and long legs might be connected to a teddy bear. Matthew Schafer, Scientific American, "In Search of the Brain’s Social Road Maps," 1 Feb. 2020 More than stuffing and an idea The Skywalker teddy bear took a few weeks to ready for the fundraiser. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A New Berlin artist made a 'Star Wars' bear to honor the late 14-year-old founder of Kaden's Wish," 15 Nov. 2019 David Crosby was the teddy bear with a bad boy wink, an angelic tenor with a flair for going AWOL. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "What pushed Graham Nash, the quiet one, to record his solo masterpiece," 17 Sep. 2019 So in a city where stores all around the city display giant Valentine’s Day teddy bears for sale, bloodshed is common. Washington Post, "In the heart of Mexico’s violence, disillusion grows," 10 Feb. 2020 Among the outfits: Jesus, devil, teddy bear, inmate, unicorn, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, a hot dog, Waldo, Wayne Campbell. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tool channel demons — and Dwight Schrute — at intense Halloween show at Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of teddy bear

1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teddy bear

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

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The first known use of teddy bear was in 1905

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12 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Teddy bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teddy%20bear. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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teddy bear

noun
How to pronounce teddy bear (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of teddy bear

: a soft toy bear

teddy bear

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

Kids Definition of teddy bear

: a stuffed toy bear

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