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.
- babuyan islands,
- baby beef,
- baby bell,
- baby blue,
- baby bond,
- baby bonus
Origin of baby
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.
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|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jay Michaelson|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We simply mixed all the babies up, just as you would mix up a delicious fruit salad.The Mother and Her Child|William S. Sadler
Lily Farquhar says her big sisters spoil her parties so, and they call her and her friends 'the babies,' and laugh at them.The Man with the Pan Pipes|Mrs. (Mary Louisa) Molesworth
Often the terrified squalls of the parent birds would reach him far down the line and he would run to rescue the babies.Freckles|Gene Stratton-Porter
But if you let those eggs get cold, there will be no babies.Mother West Wind "Where" Stories|Thornton W. Burgess
And your babies are the most irresistible angels that ever came to bless and—enliven—a sordid world.Eve to the Rescue|Ethel Hueston
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.