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 The kids sit in seats without it, and the 'X' seat is for their doll or teddy bear. Emilly Davis, The Arizona Republic, "What precautions are Phoenix-area day cares taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19?," 9 July 2020 Will future attendees of the Sun Valley Conference close mega-mergers with a teddy bear shaking hands with a pile of feces? Steven Levy, Wired, "Videoconferencing Needs to Climb Out of the Uncanny Valley," 18 June 2020 The other two—Barry, a small blue teddy bear, and Yoda, who is crocheted—do not wave. Anne Fadiman, Wired, "Screen Share: A College Teacher’s Zoom Journal," 17 June 2020 On a recent afternoon, while talking about the magical sound of bread cooling – 12 loaves can create the sound of a small rainstorm, Ms. Stevens explains – a little boy with a teddy bear on his head interrupts to say hello. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "Eat well, do good: Bread for the People makes giving back delicious," 12 June 2020 Pediatric transplant patients were given teddy bears donated by Mateo Alcorta, 9, with the masks sewn by Mateo. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, "With toys and homemade masks, San Antonio boy helps young transplant patients during the coronavirus pandemic," 6 June 2020 In Hofheim, Germany, the Beef’n Beer is using large teddy bears seated at some tables to keep diners properly spaced apart. Thomas Adamson And Oleg Cetinic, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bubbles and teddy bears: dining out in a pandemic," 28 May 2020 The items gathered include food and water, hay and chickens, personal protective equipment, even teddy bears. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Food, water, chickens: Help is on the way to pandemic-stricken Navajo, Hopi communities," 16 May 2020 One white teddy bear had his paws stitched together in prayer. Lauren Sandler, New York Times, "This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home," 30 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'teddy bear.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about teddy bear

Time Traveler for teddy bear

Time Traveler

The first known use of teddy bear was in 1905

See more words from the same year

Statistics for teddy bear

Last Updated

15 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Teddy bear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teddy%20bear. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for teddy bear

teddy bear

How to pronounce teddy bear (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on teddy bear

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with teddy bear

Spanish Central: Translation of teddy bear

Nglish: Translation of teddy bear for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about teddy bear

Comments on teddy bear

What made you want to look up teddy bear? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!