the speech of children learning to talk, marked by syntactic differences from adult speech and by phonetic modifications like lisping, lalling, and the omission and substitution of sounds.
Also called par·ent·ese [pair-uhn-teez, -tees, par-] /ˌpɛər ənˈtiz, -ˈtis, ˌpær-/ . a style of speech used by adults in addressing children, pets, or sweethearts, and formed in imitation of the voice and pronunciation of children learning to talk: it is generally characterized in English by the addition of diminutive endings to words, the use of special words and pet names, and the systematic distortion of certain words, as dolly for doll,teensy-weensy for tiny,oo for you, and twain for train.
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How to use baby talk in a sentence
Nina, delighted to see the animal once more, was caressing his long ears and mumbling baby-talk to him.The Tigress | Anne Warner
She did not wear pretty dresses nor laugh nor address baby talk to "Boo'ful."Bunker Bean | Harry Leon Wilson
It is all idle to talk baby-talk, and give shallow accounts of deep things, thinking thereby to interest the child.Woman in the Nineteenth Century | Margaret Fuller Ossoli
The men89 chattered, the women laughed, and there was an affectation of baby-talk at nearly every table.The Eternal City | Hall Caine
At twenty she had been addicted to baby talk when endeavouring to coax something out of someone.Half Portions | Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for baby talk
the speech of very young children learning to talk
an adult's imitation of this
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