noun (plural babies)
- 1A very young child: his wife’s just had a baby [as modifier]: a baby girlMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A very young animal: bats only have one baby a year [as modifier]: baby rabbitsMore example sentences
- 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 familyMore example sentences
- 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 witheringlyMore example sentences
- 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 briefMore example sentences
- 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 guyMore example sentences
- 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 mphMore example sentences
- 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.
adjective[attributive] Back to top
- 1Comparatively small or immature of its kind: a baby version of the Oxford MovementMore example sentences
miniature, mini, little, small, small-scale, scaled-down, toy, pocket, midget, dwarf, fun-size; Scottish wee; North American vest-pocket• informal teeny, teeny-weeny, teensy, teensy-weensy, weeny, itsy-bitsy, itty-bitty, eensy, eensy-weensy, tiddly, pint-sized, bite-sizedBritish • informal titchyNorth American • informal little-bitty
- Not the display case where you can buy fake nose rings and baby tees and mini glowsticks to roll around on your tongue.
- The shirt was a pink baby tee with a tiny pocket on the right side of my chest.
- Looking for a used grand or baby grand piano?
- 1.1(Of vegetables) picked before reaching their usual size: baby carrotsMore example sentences
- Courgettes are actually baby marrows, just picked earlier from the plant.
- Any vegetable producer tan package baby carrots or cut-up celery in individual portions.
- If you want to be veggie, go for the selection of baby vegetables with garlic flavoured tomato concentrate.
verb (babies, babying, babied)[with object] Back to top
- Treat (someone) as a baby; pamper or be overprotective towards: her aunt babied her and fussed over her clothesMore example sentences
- So I've been babying her and giving her extra treats and stuff.
- He accused her of babying him up, and treating him too nicely.
- She becomes bold and refuses the will of her husband, and she repudiates babying her children.
throw the baby out with the bathwater
- Discard something valuable along with other things that are undesirable.More example sentences
- 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.