noun, plural ba·bies.


verb (used with object), ba·bied, ba·by·ing.

to treat like a young child; pamper.
to handle or use with special care; treat gently.

Nearby words

  1. babu,
  2. babul,
  3. babur,
  4. babushka,
  5. babuyan islands,
  6. baby beef,
  7. baby bell,
  8. baby blue,
  9. baby bond,
  10. baby bonus

Origin of baby

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at babe, -y2

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British Dictionary definitions for babyish


noun plural -bies

  1. a newborn or recently born child; infant
  2. (as modifier)baby food
an unborn child; fetus
the youngest or smallest of a family or group
  1. a newborn or recently born animal
  2. (as modifier)baby rabbits
usually derogatory an immature person
slang a young woman or sweetheart: often used as a term of address expressing affection
a project of personal concern
be left holding the baby to be left with the responsibility
throw the baby out with the bath water to lose the essential element by indiscriminate rejection


(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 Formsbabyhood, nounbabyish, adjective

Word Origin for baby

C14: probably childish reduplication; compare mama, papa 1

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Word Origin and History for babyish
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Medicine definitions for babyish




A very young child; an infant.

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Idioms and Phrases with babyish


see throw out the baby with the bath water.

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