baby

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbeɪbi/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbeɪbi/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bābē)

Inflections of 'baby' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": babies
Inflections of 'baby' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
babies
v 3rd person singular
babying
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
babied
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
babied
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ba•by /ˈbeɪbi/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -bies, adj., v.,  -bied, -by•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. Developmental Biologyan infant or very young child.
  2. the youngest member of a group, as of a family.
  3. an immature or childish person:Don't be a baby: this shot won't hurt.
  4. Informal Terms
    • , Sex and Gender, Slang Terms[(sometimes disparaging and offensive).]a girl or woman.
    • something that requires one's special attention or of which one is esp. proud:That proposal is her baby.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. of, for, or like a baby: a baby blanket;
    baby talk.
  2. smaller than the usual: baby eggplants.

v. [ + obj]
  1. to treat like a baby;
    pamper:to baby a sick child.
  2. to use with special care;
    treat gently:He babied his new car.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ba•by  (bābē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -bies, adj., v.,  -bied, -by•ing. 
n. 
  1. Developmental Biologyan infant or very young child.
  2. Zoologya newborn or very young animal.
  3. the youngest member of a family, group, etc.
  4. an immature or childish person.
  5. Developmental Biologya human fetus.
  6. Informal Terms
    • , Sex and Gender, Slang Terms[Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.]a girl or woman, esp. an attractive one.
    • Sex and Gendera person of whom one is deeply fond;
      sweetheart.
    • Sex and Gender(sometimes cap.) an affectionate or familiar address (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., esp. by a male to a female).
    • a man or boy;
      chap;
      fellow:He's a tough baby to have to deal with.
    • an invention, creation, project, or the like that requires one's special attention or expertise or of which one is especially proud.
    • an object;
      thing:Is that car there your baby?

adj. 
  1. of or suitable for a baby:baby clothes.
  2. of or like a baby;
    infantile:baby skin.
  3. small;
    comparatively little:a baby car.
  4. treating babies:a baby doctor.

v.t. 
  1. to treat like a young child;
    pamper.
  2. to handle or use with special care;
    treat gently.
baby•hood′, n. 
baby•ish, adj. 
baby•ish•ly, adv. 
baby•ish•ness, n. 
baby•like′, adj. 
  • 1350–1400; Middle English; see babe, -y2
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged indulge, spoil, humor, coddle.

baby, +n. 
  • Developmental Biologya human fetus.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    baby /ˈbeɪbɪ/ n ( pl -bies)
    1. a newborn or recently born child; infant
    2. (as modifier): baby food
    3. an unborn child; fetus
    4. the youngest or smallest of a family or group
    5. a newborn or recently born animal
    6. usually derogatory an immature person
    7. slang a young woman or sweetheart: often used as a term of address expressing affection
    8. a project of personal concern
    9. be left holding the babyto be left with the responsibility
    adj
    1. (prenominal) comparatively small of its type: a baby car
    vb ( -bies, -bying, -bied)(transitive)
    1. to treat with love and attention
    2. to treat (someone) like a baby; pamper or overprotect
    Etymology: 14th Century: probably childish reduplication; compare mama, papa1

    ˈbabyhood n ˈbabyish adj
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