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 baby
Contemporary Examples of baby
How about baby drama with little Abijean and the Wee Baby Seamus?
He has wild swings between trying not to care about Lana and the baby, and being completely obsessed by it.
Three months ago, the two had a baby together and the Internet mostly just shrugged.All Your Internet Boyfriends Are Taken: Gosling, Cumberbatch, and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt
January 3, 2015
At present, not every woman is young enough, fertile enough, or healthy enough to have a baby using her own eggs or her own womb.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
She was gonna be in New York and wanted to hang around for New Years and hopefully be able to stay long enough to meet our baby.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll
January 2, 2015
Historical Examples of baby
When he "played" with Baby Akemit thereafter, the pretence was not all with the child.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Dear baby, it promised its mother it wouldn't drink wine for two months.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
If she was incompetent I wasn't bound to keep her just because she'd had a baby.
If Maggie had made bad arrangements for her baby, Maggie was responsible.
I came to see, ma'am, whether you'd take me back, as I 'aven't got Baby now.
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.