tod·​dler | \ ˈtäd-lər How to pronounce toddler (audio) , ˈtä-dᵊl-ər \

Definition of toddler

: one that toddles especially : a young child

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Other Words from toddler

toddlerhood \ ˈtäd-​lər-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce toddler (audio) , ˈtä-​dᵊl-​ər-​ \ noun

Examples of toddler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hernández got started in ballet classes as a toddler. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Faces of the arts shutdown: Ballet dancer Lori Hernández: ‘It’s absolutely heartbreaking’," 20 Dec. 2020 León, 18, left Mexico with her family as a toddler and has no clear pathway to U.S. citizenship. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, "‘I’m tired of hiding’: After judge orders feds to take new DACA applications, some Californians rejoice," 5 Dec. 2020 She was born on Prince Edward Island to a politician, geneticist and cattle rancher father and an art appraiser mother, but left Canada as a toddler, just before her father’s death, and grew up between Connecticut and Scotland. Shelby Wilder, New York Times, "A Homey Party House in SoHo," 24 Nov. 2020 Ammenhauser, who started in gymnastics as a toddler and reached the second-highest level before stopping at age 12, had not played much volleyball. Rick Armstrong,, "One jump in girls volleyball tryouts at Neuqua Valley. From there, Riley Ammenhauser blazed a trail to Michigan in the triple jump.," 17 Nov. 2020 Designed for indoor or outdoor use, this toddler-friendly design features a crawl-through tunnel and a slide with chunky sides for little ones to grip onto. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "This huge Wayfair 4th of July sale will save you tons on furniture, appliances and more," 25 June 2020 There were others in the car at the time of the shooting, including a toddler. Carol Robinson |, al, "19-year-old critically injured in Tarrant shooting; child in car unharmed," 4 Jan. 2021 Ayala has emerged as an anti-violence advocate and this month led a vigil for slain toddler Carmelo. Washington Post, "Homicides in D.C. hit 15-year high; shootings also have spiked," 1 Jan. 2021 Cops said the boys’ mother tried to pull the children back, including a toddler in a stroller, but was unable to save her two young sons. Fox News, "California socialite charged with murder in death of two young boys," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of toddler

1793, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of toddler was in 1793

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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Toddler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce toddler (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of toddler

: a young child who is just learning to walk


tod·​dler | \ ˈtäd-lər How to pronounce toddler (audio) \

Kids Definition of toddler

: a small child

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