noun Informal.

an infant born prematurely; a preterm.

Origin of preemie

1925–30; prem(ature), respelled to represent the pronunciation unambiguously + -ie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of preemie

  • The preemie makes a fist and, summoning all his strength, punches through the glass case of his incubator.

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British Dictionary definitions for preemie




slang, mainly US and Canadian a premature infant

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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Medicine definitions for preemie



A prematurely born infant.
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