Advertisement

Advertisement

self-soothe

[ self-sooth ]

verb (used without object)

  1. (of an infant or child) to stop fussing or crying, especially at naptime or bedtime, without receiving comfort from a parent or other caregiver:

    Don’t expect all babies to self-soothe as readily as this little sweetheart.

  2. to comfort oneself when experiencing sadness or distress:

    I need to go home and self-soothe with a comfy blanket and a large glass of wine.



Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of self-soothe1

First recorded in 1980–85; self- ( def ) + soothe ( def )

Discover More

Example Sentences

So she finds ways to self-soothe through pleasure and play, and also by figuring out what makes her father happy.

Advertisement

Word of the Day

petrichor

[pet-ri-kawr]

Meaning and examples

Start each day with the Word of the Day in your inbox!

By clicking "Sign Up", you are accepting Dictionary.com Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement


self-slayerself-sow