teddy bear

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 Starting in the early Sixties, Albert Grossman became one of rock’s most imposing managers — a daunting teddy bear of a man who steered the careers of Dylan, Janis Joplin, Peter, Paul and Mary, the Band, Gordon Lightfoot, and many others. David Browne, Rolling Stone, "Sally Grossman, Bob Dylan Cover Icon and Wife of Manager Albert, Dead at 81," 14 Mar. 2021 The Pistons will give any newborn baby at Henry Ford Main Hospital a 313 Baby Kit, consisting of a 313 baby bib, teddy bear and Pistons 313 onesie. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Dennis Smith Jr. to miss Saturday's game due to health, safety protocols," 13 Mar. 2021 The teddy bear who cared for the boys’ mother in her final days battling colon cancer in 2013 would rejoin her. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Cowboys QB Dak Prescott explains what emotional, viral hug was 'truly' about," 11 Mar. 2021 Karikó was born in Hungary and began her scientific career there, but immigrated to Philadelphia in 1985 with her husband, daughter, and the equivalent of $1200 stuffed in her daughter's teddy bear for safe keeping. Maggie Mcgrath, Forbes, "Dr. Ala Stanford And The Women Who, Ages 50 And Over, Are Leading The Fight Against Covid," 26 Feb. 2021 Monja baked Maisam a chocolate cake and gifted her a microwaveable teddy bear. New York Times, "Her New Life Started With a Robbery on a First Date," 24 Feb. 2021 The designer posed in his office that was strewn with balloons, several bouquets of roses, and a giant teddy bear. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Cardi B, Marc Jacobs, Lizzo, and More," 20 Feb. 2021 The teddy bear shipped to Carbondale would see the state tax plus Williamson County’s 1% tax for a total 7.25% tax. Cole Lauterbach, Washington Examiner, "Illinois’ online shoppers now get local tax hit on top of state tax," 19 Jan. 2021 Fischer likens the effect to a patch of fake grass, or a swatch of teddy bear plush. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "Inside Louis Vuitton and Urs Fischer’s Capsule Collection," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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18 Mar 2021

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“Teddy bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teddy%20bear. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of teddy bear

: a soft toy bear

teddy bear

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

Kids Definition of teddy bear

: a stuffed toy bear

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