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baby

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English

A human baby.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
baby

Plural
bab

baby (bab)
  1. A very young human being, from birth to a couple of years old.
  2. Any very young animal, especially a vertebrate; many species have specific names for their babies, such as kittens for the babies of cats, puppies for the babies of dogs, and chicks for the babies of birds. See Category:Baby animals for more.
  3. A person who is immature or infantile.
    Stand up for yourself - don't be such a baby!
  4. A term of endearment for a girlfriend or boyfriend.
  5. (informal) A form of address to a man or a woman considered to be attractive.
    Hey baby, what are you doing later?
  6. A pet project or responsibility.
    The annual report has been my baby since September.
  7. The lastborn of a family; a benjamin.

Synonyms

Translations

Adjective

baby (not comparable)

Positive
baby

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

(used only before the noun)
  1. Of a child: very young; of the age when he or she would be termed a baby or infant.
    a baby boy
  2. Of an animal: young.
    a baby elephant
  3. Intended for babies.
    baby clothes

Synonyms

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to baby

Third person singular
babies

Simple past
babied

Past participle
babied

Present participle
babying

to baby (third-person singular simple present babies, present participle babying, simple past and past participle babied)
  1. To coddle.

Derived terms

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Related terms

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Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

baby m. (plural baby's, diminutive baby'tje or babytje)

  1. baby (infant)

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