baby

[ bey-bee ]
/ ˈbeɪ bi /
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noun, plural ba·bies.

adjective

verb (used with object), ba·bied, ba·by·ing.

to treat like a young child; pamper.
to handle or use with special care; treat gently.

Nearby words

  1. babu,
  2. babul,
  3. babur,
  4. babushka,
  5. babuyan islands,
  6. baby beef,
  7. baby bell,
  8. baby blue,
  9. baby bond,
  10. baby bonus

Origin of baby

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at babe, -y2

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British Dictionary definitions for babies

baby

/ (ˈbeɪbɪ) /

noun plural -bies

adjective

(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 Formsbabyhood, nounbabyish, adjective

Word Origin for baby

C14: probably childish reduplication; compare mama, papa 1

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Word Origin and History for babies
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Medicine definitions for babies

baby

[ bābē ]

n.

A very young child; an infant.

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Idioms and Phrases with babies

baby

see throw out the baby with the bath water.

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