noun, plural ba·bies.
- 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?
verb (used with object), ba·bied, ba·by·ing.
Origin of baby
Synonyms for baby
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.”
We babied him abominably—he was, for two years, the only subject we had for such malpractice.Modern Essays|John Macy
Those girls have praised her and babied her until she is a good deal more infatuated with herself than she used to be.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore|Pauline Lester
Had she dared, she would have babied Martin to an even greater extent than she did.The Wall Between|Sara Ware Bassett
He had been babied by his mother until he had grown to be a hateful, worthless young man, and Jean despised him.Grace Harlowe's Problem|Jessie Graham Flower
Mrs.Robinson had always been babied by the girls, and that she was very nervous her whole family knew too well.The Motor Girls at Lookout Beach|Margaret Penrose
noun plural -bies
- a newborn or recently born child; infant
- (as modifier)baby food
- a newborn or recently born animal
- (as modifier)baby rabbits
verb -bies, -bying or -bied (tr)
Word Origin for baby
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.
see throw out the baby with the bath water.