tod·​dler | \ ˈtäd-lər, ˈtä-dᵊl-ər\

Definition of toddler

: one that toddles especially : a young child

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toddlerhood \ ˈtäd-​lər-​ˌhu̇d , ˈtä-​dᵊl-​ər-​ \ noun

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In her post, the bride said that she and her husband-to-be wanted a child-free event—and had requested an adults-only wedding on their invitations—but ran into some trouble when a guest brought her two kids, a toddler and a baby. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "This Bride Held an Adults-Only Wedding—and Asked a Guest With Kids to Leave," 22 Dec. 2018 Throngs of people elbow each other in the lines as toddlers and elderly people take up the seats. Beatrice Christofaro, Fox News, "Despite strong laws, domestic violence in Brazil is rampant," 21 Sep. 2018 Many FaceTime with toddlers and use cellphones and texting to stay in touch with teenagers. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Exhausted New Parents Turn to Sleep Coaches for Their Babies," 28 Aug. 2018 Quick flight, cool culture, walkability—definitely great for any fairy-tale loving toddler and their parents. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 But exactly how this story unfolds must await new data from both teams: Müller and his team plan to study toddlers and middle-aged adults with autism, and Nordahl’s group aims to follow the same children into adolescence. Rachel Zamzow, Scientific American, "Brains of Children with Autism Show Unusual Folding Patterns," 9 July 2018 Then came perhaps the most sobering stop, to another cooled room containing nine babies and toddlers, and four of their moms. Laurie Kellman,, "‘How are you?’ Melania Trump greets child at migrant center," 30 June 2018 Teeth grinding – which is also known as bruxism – is very common in children, especially among toddlers and preschoolers. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Is your child's teeth grinding normal?," 30 June 2018 The Bellefontaine woman faces three counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of a toddler and two infants in 2014 and 2015. CBS News, "Woman charged with killing 3 sons appeals court order," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of toddler

1793, in the meaning defined above

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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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