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 Some were threatening; some mentioned his wife’s workplace and their toddler son. New York Times, "Half a Year After Trump’s Defeat, Arizona Republicans Are Recounting the Vote," 25 Apr. 2021 Some were threatening; some mentioned his wife’s workplace and their toddler son., "Months after Trump’s election defeat, Arizona Republicans are recounting the vote," 25 Apr. 2021 The circle of grief included Wright's father and mother, his aunt, his grandmother and his toddler son. Reid Forgrave And Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, "Connected by police encounter deaths, Floyd and Wright families embrace in public sorrow," 13 Apr. 2021 Joe Biden, his surviving son Hunter, Hunter's second wife Melissa Cohen, and their toddler son Beau boarded the presidential jet Friday afternoon at Joint Base Andrews en route to Wilmington. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Where's Hunter? Biden's embattled son and baby Beau join father on Air Force One," 26 Mar. 2021 In June 2019, a Guatemalan mother, her toddler son and two other young children died of exposure in a thick bramble near McAllen. Dudley Althaus, San Antonio Express-News, "'Everyone wants to come': Why so many Central Americans are crossing the border," 20 Mar. 2021 Joi and her toddler son caught the first plane back to Oklahoma. Smithsonian Magazine, "The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921," 17 Mar. 2021 Kloots chronicled his illness on social media, where thousands rallied behind him, her and their toddler son, Elvis. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Nick Cordero's widow Amanda Kloots talks about Thanksgiving without him," 25 Nov. 2020 So the whole family, which now also included a toddler son, packed up and moved — and Fair finished his dissertation abroad. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, "A MacArthur ‘genius’ will likely use his grant to support his wife’s work — in the name of science," 29 Oct. 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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29 Apr 2021

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“Toddler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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