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

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Kimberly Noble, a neuroscientist, holds up a blue and red cap dotted with electrodes that rest on a toddler’s scalp to measure electrical activity in the brain. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Can an Extra $333 a Month Improve a Baby’s Brain? A Research Team Wants to Know.," 29 Apr. 2019 The vegan options were SAD and barely enough to feed a toddler. Nicole Briese, Allure, "A Vegan Wedding Guest Got Shamed for Bringing Her Own Meal, and the Internet Is Torn," 27 Apr. 2019 The neurological pathways that connected his brain to his muscle memory had been dormant and disconnected so long that the wiring had decayed, leaving him as helpless as a toddler. Lindsey Vehlewald, SELF, "We Never Got Flu Shots. Then the Flu Almost Killed My Husband," 9 Nov. 2018 Instead, you are pulled you into its unceasing tidal sweep, as tickled as a toddler with a bedtime story that promises endless permutations. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Is a Transfixing Epic of Riches and Ruin," 13 July 2018 The full-size vans, which have been in production since Methuselah was a toddler, aren’t even listed on GM’s media site, scrubbed after the 2016 model year. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 16 Apr. 2019 The princess posted a flashback photo on her Instagram, from way back in 1992, when the royal was only a toddler. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Just Shared the Sweetest Throwback Photo of Her and Sarah Ferguson as Ski Bunnies," 1 Feb. 2019 Rob Kardashian's daughter with Blac Chyna is a toddler named Dream. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Khloe Kardashian's baby girl has a name: True Thompson," 16 Apr. 2018 But a much more important conversation has formed around Captain Marvel in the weeks since its opening, overshadowing the grumblings of men behaving like toddlers getting their toys taken away. Yolanda Machado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gemma Chan Knows Hollywood Has a Long Way to Go with Inclusion," 2 Apr. 2019

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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 How to pronounce toddler (audio) \

Kids Definition of toddler

: a small child

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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