- a toy bear, especially a stuffed one.
Origin of teddy bear
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Historical Examples of teddy bear
Over the second Teddy-bear they became friendly, over the third intimate.The Man Upstairs
P. G. Wodehouse
Here was maternity, parenthood, another breed than that of the Teddy-bear's hot, pink nursery.Jane Journeys On
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
Suddenly she came out of one of the yards, clasping a Teddy-bear and a whole family of dolls in her fat arms.
For suddenly the little girl threw the Teddy-bear and all the six dolls into the puddle.
He had his hat crumpled in one hand, and his teddy-bear in the other, and his face was alive with excitement.Dennison Grant
- a stuffed toy bear made from soft or fluffy materialOften shortened to: teddy
Word Origin for teddy bear
Word Origin and History for teddy bear
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.