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noun, plural cry·ba·bies.
  1. a person, especially a child, who cries readily for very little reason.
  2. a person who complains too much, usually in a whining manner.
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verb (used without object), cry·ba·bied, cry·ba·by·ing.
  1. Also cry-ba·by. to cry or complain easily or often.
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Origin of crybaby

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; cry + baby
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noun plural -bies
  1. a person, esp a child, given to frequent crying or complaint
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Word Origin and History for crybaby


1851, American English, from cry + baby (n.).

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