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baby

noun

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1 a recently born person
  • the baby is just learning to sit up, so be careful

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2 a member of the human race
  • I don't care what you want, there'll be no more work for this baby today

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3 a successful result brought about by hard work
  • a small film that was a labor of love and the baby that the director was proudest of

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4 a person who makes frequent complaints usually about little things
  • don't be such a baby—the shot didn't hurt that much

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baby

verb

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to treat with great or excessive care
  • he babied his car, faithfully washing it every week
  • if you baby him he'll never learn to take care of himself

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indulge, pamper, humor, spoil, baby, mollycoddle mean to show undue favor to a person's desires and feelings. indulge implies excessive compliance and weakness in gratifying another's or one's own desires. indulged myself with food at the slightest excuse pamper implies inordinate gratification of desire for luxury and comfort with consequent enervating effect. pampered by the amenities of modern living humor stresses a yielding to a person's moods or whims. humored him by letting him tell the story spoil stresses the injurious effects on character by indulging or pampering. foolish parents spoil their children baby suggests excessive care, attention, or solicitude. babying students by grading too easily mollycoddle suggests an excessive degree of care and attention to another's health or welfare. refused to mollycoddle her malingering son

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The first known use of baby was in the 15th century

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“Baby.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/baby. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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