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baby talk

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noun

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.
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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baby primrose, baby snatcher, baby split, baby spot, baby step, baby talk, baby tee, baby tooth, baby wipe, baby's breath, baby's-breath

Origin of baby talk

First recorded in 1830–40

Usage note

Baby Talk is used as a label in this dictionary for well-known terms traditionally thought to exemplify the type of baby talk used by adults.
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British Dictionary definitions for baby talk

baby talk


noun

the speech of very young children learning to talk
an adult's imitation of this
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