a person who toddles, especially a young child learning to walk.

Origin of toddler

First recorded in 1785–95; toddle + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toddler

Contemporary Examples of toddler

Historical Examples of toddler

  • I have not seen her for four years, not since she was a mite of a toddler.

  • He had been worse since his wife died, when the boy was still a toddler.

    Play the Game!

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • A porter carried the big lunch-basket, and the little other mother led a toddler on each side, dodging the hurrying passengers.

    The Mintage

    Elbert Hubbard

  • The boy looked down at the toddler beside him and then at the two little girls with weary contempt.

  • But in case you are unable to get into the diner, it is wise to take some simple things for your toddler and yourself to eat.

    If Your Baby Must Travel in Wartime

    United States Department of Labor, Children's Bureau

British Dictionary definitions for toddler



a young child, usually one between the ages of one and two and a half
(modifier) designed or suitable for a toddlertoddler suits
Derived Formstoddlerhood, noun
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Word Origin and History for toddler

1793, agent noun from toddle.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper