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teddy bear

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noun

a toy bear, especially a stuffed one.

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Nearby words

tecumseh, ted, ted spread, tedder, teddy, teddy bear, teddy boy, teddy girl, tedesco, tedious, tediously

Origin of teddy bear

1905–10, Americanism; after Theodore Roosevelt, called Teddy, who is said to have saved the life of a bear cub while hunting
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British Dictionary definitions for teddy bear

teddy bear


noun

a stuffed toy bear made from soft or fluffy materialOften shortened to: teddy

Word Origin for teddy bear

C20: from Teddy, from Theodore, after Theodore Roosevelt, who was well known as a hunter of bears
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for teddy bear

teddy bear


n.

1906, named for U.S. president Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, a noted big-game hunter, whose conservationist fervor inspired a comic illustrated poem in the "New York Times" of Jan. 7, 1906, about two bears named Teddy, whose names were transferred to two bears presented to the Bronx Zoo that year. The name was picked up by toy dealers in 1907 for a line of "Roosevelt bears" imported from Germany. Meaning "big, lovable person" first attested 1957, from the song popularized by Elvis Presley.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper