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teddy bear

a toy bear, especially a stuffed one.
Origin of teddy bear
1905-10, Americanism; after Theodore Roosevelt, called Teddy, who is said to have saved the life of a bear cub while hunting Unabridged
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  • Lying there in the bed, he did look like a teddy bear, a dear little teddy bear.

    Life Sentence James McConnell
  • "You are the best-natured fellow I ever saw," said teddy bear.

    Sandman's Goodnight Stories

    Abbie Phillips Walker
  • "I don't think I'll want to play with my teddy bear any more," he said.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • The teddy bear was proof of the simplicity of his faith in her.

  • I am so lonely, teddy bear, and so unhappy, and I don't know what to do.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for teddy bear

teddy bear

a stuffed toy bear made from soft or fluffy material Often shortened to teddy
Word Origin
C20: from Teddy, from Theodore, after Theodore Roosevelt, who was well known as a hunter of bears
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for teddy bear

1906, named for U.S. president Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, a noted big-game hunter, whose conservationist fervor inspired a comic illustrated poem in the "New York Times" of Jan. 7, 1906, about two bears named Teddy, whose names were transferred to two bears presented to the Bronx Zoo that year. The name was picked up by toy dealers in 1907 for a line of "Roosevelt bears" imported from Germany. Meaning "big, lovable person" first attested 1957, from the song popularized by Elvis Presley.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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