[ bey-bee ]
/ ˈbeɪ bi /
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noun, plural ba·bies.
an infant or very young child.
a newborn or very young animal.
the youngest member of a family, group, etc.: I was the baby of the family for ten years, until my twin brothers were born.
an adult who behaves like a child; an immature, helpless, or fearful person: Just swallow the medicine—don't be such a baby!
a human fetus: The baby hasn’t arrived yet, but the nursery is ready.
- 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; 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: His charitable foundation is his baby and it truly shows.
- an object; thing: Those big babies can carry a lot of cargo.
verb (used with object), ba·bied, ba·by·ing.
to treat like a young child; pamper: She still babies her son although he's nearly 24.
to handle or use with special care; treat gently.
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OTHER WORDS FROM baby
ba·by·hood, nounba·by·ish, adjectiveba·by·ish·ly, adverbba·by·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for baby
/ (ˈbeɪbɪ) /
noun plural -bies
- 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
verb -bies, -bying or -bied (tr)
to treat with love and attention
to treat (someone) like a baby; pamper or overprotect
Derived forms of babybabyhood, nounbabyish, adjective
Word Origin for baby
C14: probably childish reduplication; compare mama, papa 1
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Other Idioms and Phrases with baby
see throw out the baby with the bath water.
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