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noun Informal.
  1. an infant born prematurely; a preterm.
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Origin of preemie

1925–30; prem(ature), respelled to represent the pronunciation unambiguously + -ie
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Related Words for preemie

babe, youngster, child, chick, toddler, kid, deduction, suckling, nipper, bambino, button, nursling, tot, newborn, bundle, bairn, dividend, cherub, dumpling, buttercup

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British Dictionary definitions for preemie



  1. slang, mainly US and Canadian a premature infant
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Word Origin for preemie

C20: altered from premature
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Word Origin and History for preemie


"baby born prematurely," 1927, premy, American English shortening of premature + -y (2). Spelling with -ie attested from 1949.

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preemie in Medicine


  1. A prematurely born infant.
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