teddy bear

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noun ted·dy bear \ˈte-dē-ˌ\

Definition of teddy bear

  1. :  a stuffed toy bear

Origin and Etymology of teddy bear

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


First Known Use: 1905


TEDDY BEAR Defined for English Language Learners

teddy bear

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noun ted·dy bear \ˈte-dē-ˌ\

Definition of teddy bear for English Language Learners

  • : a soft toy bear


TEDDY BEAR Defined for Kids

teddy bear

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noun ted·dy bear \ˈte-dē-\

Definition of teddy bear for Students

  1. :  a stuffed toy bear



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