Definition of baby in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪbi

noun (plural babies)

  • 1A very young child: his wife’s just had a baby [as modifier]: a baby girl
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    • The ultrasound probe is used mainly for head scanning of newborn babies and young children.
    • You know how to tell a boy baby from a girl baby without having to look at their genitalia?
    • The quadruplets, two boys and two girl babies, are also Niloufer Hospital's first.
    infant, newborn, child, tot, little one; Scottish & Northern English bairn
    informal sprog, bundle of joy, tiny
    literary babe, babe in arms
    technical neonate
  • 1.1A very young animal: bats only have one baby a year [as modifier]: baby rabbits
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    • Three capybaras have been born at the popular animal park and the babies are now delighting visitors as they lap up the autumn sunshine.
    • And he accepted without censure that its impulse to slaughter the babies of other animals was entirely natural.
    • She said a box with a mother rabbit, her four babies and another adult female were found by her husband Mike when making final checks by the main gate at 2am yesterday.
  • 1.2The youngest member of a family or group: Clara was the baby of the family
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    • He was only 12 and the baby of the family as our other children have all grown up and left home.
    • Thérèse had been the adored baby of her family, instructed every day by two elder sisters who proceeded her into the Carmelite convent in Lisieux.
    • The Range Rover badge carries with it a lot of prestige and, while this is the baby of the family, it's still more desirable than anything from Japan.
  • 1.3A timid or childish person: ‘Don’t be such a baby!’ she said witheringly
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    • Stop being such a baby.
    • Maybe I shouldn't be such a baby about things, but I am upset with my doctor's office right now.
  • 1.4 (one's baby) • informal One’s particular responsibility or concern: ‘This is your baby, Gerry,’ she said, handing him the brief
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    • I believe it's your baby now but please do some more research.
    • It's my baby so I don't really have any time for any other bands.
    • Granted, it's his baby, and he can do what he wants with it, but he introduced it as an action/adventure entertainment show.
  • 2 informal A lover or spouse (often as a form of address): my baby left me for another guy
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    • She was such a bright, vivacious person, my angel, my star, my baby.
    • As for telling us to grow up and grow some hair, I'd love to, baby, I really would.
    • I do love you baby.
  • 2.1A thing regarded with affection or familiarity: this baby can reach speeds of 120 mph
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    • This is the only way you can purchase this baby at a discounted price.
    • That's not his everyday car, it's his baby.
    • I personally would not do it, simply because my laptop is my baby.


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verb (babies, babying, babied)

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throw the baby out with the bathwater

Discard something valuable along with other things that are undesirable.
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  • I feel I'm relatively representative of Canadians and I don't want the Conservatives throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
  • In this case, I don't see how you could ‘close the loophole’ without throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
  • No right-thinking person wants to downplay this problem or its implications, but we are in danger of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.



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  • A boy's first haircut is an event, a non-biological marker of movement from babyhood into childhood.
  • The strange thing is, I don't really remember any of my children's babyhoods, but I remember her.
  • I have long since given up cigarettes again, apart from a very occasional rollie, but I still miss standing outside on the cold moonlit nights, or maybe I miss my son's babyhood.


late Middle English: probably imitative of an infant's first attempts at speech.

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