noun, plural ted·dies.

Often teddies. a woman's one-piece undergarment combining a chemise and underpants, sometimes having a snap crotch.
Informal. teddy bear.

Origin of teddy

(in def 1) 1920–25, Americanism; of uncertain origin


or Ted·die



a male given name, form of Edward or Theodore.
a female given name, form of Theodora.


[roh-zuh-velt, -vuh lt, rohz-velt, -vuh lt; spelling pronunciation roo-zuh-velt]


(Anna) Eleanor,1884–1962, U.S. diplomat, author, and lecturer (wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt).
Edith Kermit Carow,1861–1948, U.S. First Lady 1901–09 (wife of Theodore Roosevelt).
Franklin Del·a·no [del-uh-noh] /ˈdɛl əˌnoʊ/, FDR, 1882–1945, 32nd president of the U.S. 1933–45.
TheodoreTeddyT.R., 1858–1919, 26th president of the U.S. 1901–09: Nobel Peace Prize 1906.
Rio. Formerly Río da Duvida. a river flowing N from W Brazil to the Madeira River. About 400 miles (645 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for teddy

Contemporary Examples of teddy

Historical Examples of teddy

  • It was a little mean of her, but he looked the other way and said, "Shoo, Teddy."

    W. A. G.'s Tale

    Margaret Turnbull

  • "In nomine Pathris—" began Teddy, crossing himself in a fright.

  • Teddy does not attempt to keep up; she invariably topples over.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • Lying there in the bed, he did look like a teddy bear, a dear little teddy bear.

    Life Sentence

    James McConnell

  • Teddy, you came to California a number of years before I did.

    Up the Forked River

    Edward Sylvester Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for teddy


noun plural -dies

a woman's one-piece undergarment, incorporating a chemise top and panties



(Anna) Eleanor . 1884–1962, US writer, diplomat, and advocate of liberal causes: delegate to the United Nations (1945–52)
her husband, Franklin Delano (ˈdɛləˌnəʊ), known as FDR . 1882–1945, 32nd president of the US (1933–45); elected four times. He instituted major reforms (the New Deal) to counter the economic crisis of the 1930s and was a forceful leader during World War II
Theodore . 1858–1919, 26th president of the US (1901–09). A proponent of extending military power, he won for the US the right to build the Panama Canal (1903). He won the Nobel peace prize (1906), for mediating in the Russo-Japanese war
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Word Origin and History for teddy


pet form of masc. proper names Edward, Edmund, and Theodore; meaning "women's undergarment" (with lower-case t-) is recorded from 1924, of unknown origin, perhaps from some fancied resemblance to a teddy bear (q.v.), a theory that dates to 1929. In British slang phrase teddy boy (1954) it is short for Edward, from the preference of such youths for Edwardian styles (1901-10). Teddies (probably from Teddy Roosevelt) was one of the names given to U.S. troops in France in 1917.


the family in America originally bore the name Van Roosevelt, "of the field of roses," descriptive of their estates in Holland. Claes Martenszen Van Rosenvelt, born August 1649, emigrated to New Amsterdam. His son (1653) and all his descendants dropped the "Van." Related: Rooseveltian.

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