tod·dler | \ˈtäd-lər, 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, ˈtä-dᵊl-ər- \ noun

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So, Wilkin and her husband, 34-year-old Chris, enjoyed life with their toddler son at their Burlington, Ontario, Canada, home. Char Adams,, "Mom with Terminal Cancer Plans to Give Family 'a Roadmap' for Her Death: 'It Gives Me Comfort'," 26 June 2018 Move It Fridays Every Friday: Play for better health yoga, balance, dance, tumbling and more for toddlers. 11:30 a.m.-noon. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018 In immigration proceedings, children are often left to fend for themselves: One-year-old toddlers have landed in court. Sarah Kinosian, Teen Vogue, "Reunification Proves Complicated for Families Separated at the U.S.-Mexico Border," 14 July 2018 To date, the government has reunited about 600 minors, including more than 50 toddlers under the first deadline from the judge's ruling. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Rights group claims family separations continue at border, despite Trump's executive order," 13 July 2018 An Oklahoma toddler is recovering after being bitten by a copperhead snake. Chrishayla Smith, ajc, "Copperhead snake bites Oklahoma toddler," 12 July 2018 Ant Man and the Wasp has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, including a fight that weaponizes a human-sized Hello Kitty Pez dispenser, and a sequence that turns Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), into a kind of adult toddler. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018 The one bright spot for Mr. Sayyed in the camp is the children, including his 2-year-old nephew, Salah, and toddler twin nieces. Hwaida Saad, New York Times, "Memories Lost and Futures on Hold: A Look Inside a Camp for Syria’s Displaced," 11 July 2018 Images of children in cages and audio of toddlers crying sparked widespread outrage, including from the Republican Party and Christian conservatives., "‘Catch and release’ migrant policy reinstated," 11 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of toddler

: a young child who is just learning to walk


tod·dler | \ˈtäd-lər \

Kids Definition of toddler

: a small child

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a state of commotion or excitement

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