Synonyms & Antonyms of baby

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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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Synonyms & Antonyms of baby (Entry 2 of 3)

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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Synonyms & Antonyms of baby (Entry 3 of 3)

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How does the verb baby contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of baby are humor, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, and spoil. While all these words mean "to show undue favor to a person's desires and feelings," baby suggests excessive care, attention, or solicitude.

babying students by grading too easily

When might humor be a better fit than baby?

The synonyms humor and baby are sometimes interchangeable, but humor stresses a yielding to a person's moods or whims.

humored him by letting him tell the story

When can indulge be used instead of baby?

The words indulge and baby can be used in similar contexts, but indulge implies excessive compliance and weakness in gratifying another's or one's own desires.

indulged myself with food at the slightest excuse

Where would mollycoddle be a reasonable alternative to baby?

The words mollycoddle and baby are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, mollycoddle suggests an excessive degree of care and attention to another's health or welfare.

refused to mollycoddle her malingering son

In what contexts can pamper take the place of baby?

In some situations, the words pamper and baby are roughly equivalent. However, pamper implies inordinate gratification of desire for luxury and comfort with consequent enervating effect.

pampered by the amenities of modern living

When would spoil be a good substitute for baby?

The meanings of spoil and baby largely overlap; however, spoil stresses the injurious effects on character by indulging or pampering.

foolish parents spoil their children

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

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“Baby.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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