- 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 babies
In Rwanda, as we watched the young fathers hold their babies, we saw a contented look in their eyes.
The men use the dolls to practice the basics of caring for babies.
The bye bye is being sung, incidentally, by mothers to their babies condemned to death by King Herod.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
Other female penguins would have their babies “misused before the very eyes of its parents.”Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life
November 26, 2014
The results are shocking: 96 percent of babies born to African American high school dropouts are born out of wedlock.The Real Enemy of Marital Bliss Are Those Most Opposed to Marriage Equality
October 25, 2014
"But I must get back to my babies," said Mrs. Bines, plaintively.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She, carrying the babies, drugged with paregoric, in a basket on her arm.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Never a village fool without a troop of babies at his heels.
Babies are common enough to most folks, but Lovey was diff'rent.
My children, my babies, my little dolls, you are all afraid of him.Little Dorrit
- 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 babies
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.