Definition of teddy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtedē/

noun (plural teddies)

1 (also teddy bear) A soft toy bear.
Example sentences
  • She had a teddy bear thrown out as a child, then started hoarding soft toys.
  • John, who brought his teddy bear with him, did not publish his reminiscences until 1952.
  • Boom was just a teddy bear, a little worn around the ears, soft and agreeable to hold.
2A woman’s all-in-one undergarment.
Example sentences
  • In another there is a room, lit coldly by far too many fluorescent tubes, where you can go to buy nightgowns, camisoles, teddies, housecoats and dusters.
  • In the line of plus size women's sexy lingerie you can get teddies to push you up and out in the places you need it and tuck and hide the places you don't want shown.
  • Flowing style signals the return of authentic, seductive daytime lingerie, with camisoles and teddies.


Early 20th century: from Teddy, nickname for the given name Theodore: sense 1 alluding to Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore, an enthusiastic bear hunter.

  • Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt, US president from 1901 to 1909, was a keen bear-hunter, a fact celebrated in a comic poem published in the New York Times of 7 January 1906, concerning the adventures of two bears called ‘Teddy B’ and ‘Teddy G’. These names were then given to two bears presented to the Bronx Zoo later in the year, and toy manufacturers saw an opening. Toy ‘teddy bears’ or ‘Roosevelt bears’ were imported from Germany, and became an instant success in America. Teddy boys or Teds owe their name to Teddy as a pet form of Edward. In the mid 1950s some youths began to favour a style featuring drainpipe trousers, long velvet-collared jackets, bootlace ties, and hair slicked up in a quiff. The style was based on the fashions current in the early years of the 20th century in Britain during the reign of Edward VII.

Words that rhyme with teddy

already, Eddie, eddy, Freddie, heady, neddy, oven-ready, ready, reddy, steady, thready

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Syllabification: ted·dy

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