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baby

ba·by

baby

 
 
pronunciation:
beI bi
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
inflections: babies
definition 1: a newly-born or very young child in the first stages of development; infant.
The baby needs to be fed every few hours.Their baby began to walk at eleven months of age.
 
synonyms:
babe, bambino, infant, neonate, newborn
similar words:
child, kid, nursling, papoose, suckling, toddler, tot, weanling, youngster
definition 2: a young or newborn animal.
As a baby, this lion was cared for by humans.
synonyms:
newborn
similar words:
progeny, suckling, weanling, young, youngster
definition 3: the youngest person in a family or group.
My younger brother is the baby of the family.
similar words:
junior, youngster
definition 4: a person who behaves childishly or immaturely.
Don't be such a baby; the water isn't that cold!
synonyms:
child
similar words:
naif
definition 5: (informal) a person, esp. a woman, who is the object of one's affection.
My baby left me, but I know she'll come back.
synonyms:
babe
similar words:
gal, girl, girlfriend, honey, lass, sweetheart
definition 6: (informal) something of personal concern or pride.
That project is his baby.
synonyms:
pride and joy
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: very youthful; childlike.
With that baby face, it's hard to believe he's going to be thirty.
similar words:
childlike, infantile, innocent, young, youthful
definition 2: very young.
Let's see the baby elephant.
synonyms:
infant, little, small
similar words:
immature, newborn, young
definition 3: suitable for a baby.
baby clothes
synonyms:
infant
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: babied, babies, babying
definition 1: to overprotect and pamper.
With he way you baby those children, it's no wonder they can't do anything for themselves.
synonyms:
coddle, cosset, mollycoddle, overprotect, pamper, spoon-feed
similar words:
dandle, dote on, spoil
definition 2: to treat with special care.
He likes his wife to baby him when he's sick.
synonyms:
nurture
antonyms:
neglect
similar words:
coddle, favor, protect
derivation: babyish (adj.)
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