baby

[ bey-bee ]
/ ˈbeɪ bi /

noun, plural ba·bies.

adjective

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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Origin of baby

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; see origin at babe, -y2

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British Dictionary definitions for baby

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 forms of baby

babyhood, nounbabyish, adjective

Word Origin for baby

C14: probably childish reduplication; compare mama, papa 1
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Medical definitions for baby

baby
[ bābē ]

n.

A very young child; an infant.
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Idioms and Phrases with baby

baby

see throw out the baby with the bath water.

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