- an infant or very young child.
- a newborn or very young animal.
- the youngest member of a family, group, etc.
- an immature or childish person.
- a human fetus.
- Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.a girl or woman, especially an attractive one.
- a person of whom one is deeply fond; sweetheart.
- (sometimes initial capital letter)an affectionate or familiar address (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., especially by a male to a female).
- a man or boy; chap; fellow: He's a tough baby to have to deal with.
- an invention, creation, project, or the like that requires one's special attention or expertise or of which one is especially proud.
- an object; thing: Is that car there your baby?
- of or suitable for a baby: baby clothes.
- of or like a baby; infantile: baby skin.
- small; comparatively little: a baby car.
- treating babies: a baby doctor.
- to treat like a young child; pamper.
- to handle or use with special care; treat gently.
Origin of baby
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Examples from the Web for babied
Parents sometimes have an attitude of, “I was brought up in the school of hard knocks, no one babied me.”How to Help Your Anxious Kid
May 11, 2013
Had she dared, she would have babied Martin to an even greater extent than she did.The Wall Between
Sara Ware Bassett
We babied him abominably—he was, for two years, the only subject we had for such malpractice.Modern Essays
Why I'm just beginning to feel like myself; I see how it is, I've been petted and babied too long.Little Wolf
M. A. Cornelius
When his feet got well—I had toadied and babied him so—he was plum ruined.The Outlet
Harriet insisted that she did not wish to be "babied," but, the guardian was firm.The Meadow-Brook Girls by the Sea
- a newborn or recently born child; infant
- (as modifier)baby food
- an unborn child; fetus
- the youngest or smallest of a family or group
- a newborn or recently born animal
- (as modifier)baby rabbits
- usually derogatory an immature person
- slang a young woman or sweetheart: often used as a term of address expressing affection
- a project of personal concern
- be left holding the baby to be left with the responsibility
- throw the baby out with the bath water to lose the essential element by indiscriminate rejection
- (prenominal) comparatively small of its typea baby car
- to treat with love and attention
- to treat (someone) like a baby; pamper or overprotect
Word Origin and History for babied
late 14c., babi, diminutive of baban (see babe + -y (3)). Meaning "childish adult person" is from c.1600. Meaning "youngest of a group" is from 1897. As a term of endearment for one's lover it is attested perhaps as early as 1839, certainly by 1901; its popularity perhaps boosted by baby vamp "a popular girl," student slang from c.1922. As an adjective, by 1750.
Baby food is from 1833. Baby blues for "blue eyes" recorded by 1892 (the phrase also was used for "postpartum depression" 1950s-60s). To empty the baby out with the bath (water) is first recorded 1909 in G.B. Shaw (cf. German das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten). Baby's breath (noted for sweet smell, which also was supposed to attract cats) as a type of flower is from 1897. French bébé (19c.) is from English.
"to treat like a baby," 1742, from baby (n.). Related: Babied; babying.
- A very young child; an infant.