baby

noun
ba·​by | \ ˈbā-bē How to pronounce baby (audio) \
plural babies

Definition of baby

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : an extremely young child especially : infant
(2) : an extremely young animal
b : the youngest of a group He is the baby of the family.
2a : one that is like a baby (as in behavior) When it comes to getting shots, I'm a real baby.
b : something that is one's special responsibility, achievement, or interest The project was his baby.
3 slang
a : girl, woman often used in address
b : boy, man often used in address Hey baby, nice car!
4 : person, thing is one tough baby

baby

adjective

Definition of baby (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or being an extremely young child a baby bonnet
2 : much smaller than the usual baby carrots a baby grand piano Take baby steps.

baby

verb
babied; babying

Definition of baby (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to tend to indulge with often excessive or inappropriate care and solicitude babying their only child
2 : to use or treat with care babying a sore knee

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Other Words from baby

Noun

babyhood \ ˈbā-​bē-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce baby (audio) \ noun
babyish \ ˈbā-​bē-​ish How to pronounce baby (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

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

Examples of baby in a Sentence

Noun I hear the baby crying. The baby is just learning to crawl. a bird and its babies My sister is the baby of the family. “Only 32? Oh, you're just a baby!” When it comes to getting shots, I'm a real baby. Don't be such a baby—you'll get your turn. Nothing's gone right since my baby went away. Verb That boy will never learn to stand up for himself if you don't stop babying him. It looked like he was babying his injured foot.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To kick off the competition, Cohen, who welcomed son Benjamin Allen in February 2019, and Cooper, who welcomed son Wyatt Morgan in April 2020, were each presented with a basket of baby dolls and a set of diapers. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 22 Sep. 2021 See Eleanor’s neighborhood mark her baby-naming ceremony by singing a song in sign language. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Once their respective baby girls are checked into neonatal care and released the pair fondly part ways, too consumed with the duties of new motherhood to manage much more than an occasional check-in. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 22 Sep. 2021 Kind-hearted Ali came to Korea from Pakistan to work, with his wife and baby son in tow. Quinci Legardye, Marie Claire, 22 Sep. 2021 The couple revealed in July that another baby is due around Christmas. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 Watch the ladies of The Real squeal about their new baby co-host below. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 21 Sep. 2021 During that time, a flock of baby goats gathered outside her house. Ann Abel, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 According to the Social Security Administration, these are the most popular names for baby boys in the United States. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective During a recent meditation session, the memory of a friend who had struggled with losing her post-baby weight came to Ross. Lola Ogunnaike, Marie Claire, 17 May 2021 Sevigny also shared how she's been adapting to parenthood, explaining how her pre-baby organization has gone out the window since bringing home her new addition. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 31 Aug. 2020 Two more members of the group chimed in with tales of their own post-baby dental decline. Rosie Colosi, The Atlantic, 28 July 2021 The duo recently opened up about learning how to embrace their post-baby bodies and experiencing postpartum symptoms together. Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 13 July 2021 On Thursday, the Food Network star, 39, opened up about her post-baby body and getting back to feeling herself after welcoming her first child, Iris Marion, with husband Ryan Biegel last September. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 9 July 2021 Ciara was able to see results and get back to her pre-baby weight in an impressive amount of time. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 21 June 2021 The new parents made their first post-baby public appearance on April 17, notes People, to attend the funeral of Princess Eugenie's grandfather, Prince Philip. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 4 May 2021 Sophie Turner shared a crucial message about post-baby bodies on her Instagram Story Thursday. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s one of those very rare products that everyone can use, no matter if your locks are super curly or baby fine. Katie Chang, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Either go out and get one or take this opportunity to baby your hands and feet. Sara Miranda, Allure, 12 Aug. 2021 She's been helping to run the pantry, which is supported through donations and includes everything from clothes to baby hygiene products. Elwyn Lopez, ABC News, 6 Aug. 2021 If frankincense immediately brings to mind the three kings and their treasured gifts to baby Jesus, well your association isn't entirely wrong. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, 30 July 2021 Now, dad can carry the kitchen sink and baby with him at all times! Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Forbes, 11 June 2021 The trans flag features light blue and light pink which represent colors traditionally given to baby girls and boys at birth. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Gibb said Lori Vallow had called Tylee a zombie in spring 2019 when the teen didn’t want to baby-sit her little brother and that Vallow had first learned the concept from Chad Daybell at the start of that year. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 9 Sep. 2019 After a long, excruciating wait in which some grievances are aired, Kate gives birth to baby Jack. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of baby

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adjective

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for baby

Noun

Middle English, from babe

Adjective

attributive use of baby entry 1

Verb

verbal derivative of baby entry 1

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Last Updated

25 Sep 2021

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“Baby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baby. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for baby

baby

noun

English Language Learners Definition of baby

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a very young child
: a very young animal
: the youngest member of a group

baby

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of baby (Entry 2 of 3)

: very small : much smaller than usual

baby

verb

English Language Learners Definition of baby (Entry 3 of 3)

: to treat (someone) like a baby : to be kind or too kind to (someone)
: to operate or treat (something) in a very careful and gentle way

baby

noun
ba·​by | \ ˈbā-bē How to pronounce baby (audio) \
plural babies

Kids Definition of baby

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a very young child
2 : a very young animal
3 : the youngest of a group
4 : a childish person "After all, Meg, we aren't … kids any more. Why do you always act like such a baby?"— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

Other Words from baby

babyish \ ˈbā-​bē-​ish \ adjective

baby

adjective

Kids Definition of baby (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : young entry 1 sense 1 a baby deer
2 : very small Take baby steps.

baby

verb
babied; babying

Kids Definition of baby (Entry 3 of 3)

: to treat as a baby : to be too kind to I'm 15. Stop babying me.

baby

noun
ba·​by | \ ˈbā-bē How to pronounce baby (audio) \
plural babies

Medical Definition of baby

1 : an extremely young child especially : infant
2 : an extremely young animal

Other Words from baby

baby adjective
babyhood \ -​bē-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce baby (audio) \ noun
babyish \ -​ish How to pronounce baby (audio) \ adjective

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