baby [baby babies babied babying] noun, adjective, verb BrE [ˈbeɪbi]
NAmE [ˈbeɪbi]
noun (pl. babies)
1. a very young child or animal
The baby's crying!
a newborn baby
My sister's expecting a baby = she is pregnant.
She had a baby last year.
a baby boy/girl
baby food/clothes
a baby monkey/blackbird
2. (informal) the youngest member of a family or group
He's the baby of the team.
3. (disapproving) a person who behaves like a young child and is easily upset
Stop crying and don't be such a baby.
4. (slang, especially NAmE) a word used to address sb, especially your wife, husband or lover, in a way that expresses affection but that can be offensive if used by a man to a woman he does not know
more at like taking candy from a baby at candy, sleep like a log/baby at sleep v.
Word Origin:
late Middle English: probably imitative of an infant's first attempts at speech.
baby noun
1. C
He cried like a baby.
child|formal technical infant
a newborn baby/child/infant
have/give birth to a baby/child/infant
a/an baby/child/infant is born
2. C
What do you call a baby kangaroo?
offspring • • young
produce/rear/raise babies/offspring/young
give birth to (a) baby/offspring/young
Baby, offspring or young? Offspring and young are more scientific, technical words. The parent animal must be mentioned or understood when using them:
The females stay close to their offspring/young.
Oh, look! That one's just a baby!
 ✗ Oh, look! That one's just an offspring/young.
Having a baby/child
want a baby/a child/kids
start a family
conceive/be expecting/be going to have a baby/child
miss your period
become/get/ be/find out that you are pregnant
have a baby/a child/kids/a son/a daughter/twins/a family
have a normal/a difficult/an unwanted pregnancy; an easy/a difficult/a home birth
be in/go into/induce labour (especially US) labor
have/suffer/cause a miscarriage
give birth to a child/baby/daughter/son/twins
bring up/ (especially NAmE) raise a child/family
care for/ (especially BrE) look after a baby/child/kid
change (BrE) a nappy/(NAmE) a diaper/a baby
feed/breastfeed/bottle-feed a baby
be entitled to/go on maternity/paternity leave
go back/return to work after maternity leave
need/find/get a babysitter/good quality affordable childcare
balance/combine work and childcare/child-rearing/family life
educate/teach/home-school a child/kid
punish/discipline/spoil a child/kid
adopt a baby/child/kid
offer a baby for/put a baby up for adoption
(especially BrE) foster a child/kid
be placed with/be raised by foster parents
Example Bank:
Babies drool a lot when they are teething.
Babies nurse more at night in the first three weeks.
Can you take the baby while I unlock the door?
Could you take the baby? I need to bring in the washing.
Darling, I just want to stay with you and make babies!
He took an interest in the growing baby even before it was born.
He was so tired after all his exertions, he slept like a baby.
I could feel the baby moving inside me.
I didn't use baby talk with my children, but used proper words right from the start.
I want to have a baby.
She decided to put her baby up for adoption.
She lost her baby three months into her pregnancy.
She lost her baby= had a miscarriage three months into her pregnancy.
She rocked the baby to sleep in her arms.
She's expecting a baby in July.
She's not sure if she wants a baby.
She's not sure yet how many babies she's carrying.
Smoking in pregnancy increases the risk of producing a low birthweight baby.
The baby cooed happily on the rug.
The baby is due in October.
The baby needed burping after every bottle.
The baby needs changing again= needs a clean nappy/diaper.
The baby was delivered by a midwife.
The doctor said the baby was growing nicely.
Their first baby arrived exactly nine months after the wedding.
They named the baby Charlie.
They would like to adopt a newborn baby.
You can start weaning your baby when it's four months old.
You should change your baby about six times a day.
the hospital's baby unit
After some months, the baby learns to walk along branches by holding onto its mother's fur.
Come on baby, let's dance!
He just broke down and cried like a baby.
Judith has had a baby girl.
She's a midwife in an intensive care unit for premature babies.
The illness is common in newborn babies and is easily treated.
What do you call a baby kangaroo?
I could hear my baby crying.
My sister's expecting a baby.
Idioms: leave somebody holding the baby throw the baby out with the bathwater your baby
adjective only before noun
baby vegetables are a very small version of particular vegetables, or are picked when they are very small
baby carrots
Word Origin:
late Middle English: probably imitative of an infant's first attempts at speech.
verb (ba·bies, baby·ing, ba·bied, ba·bied)~ sb
to treat sb with too much care, as if they were a baby
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
late Middle English: probably imitative of an infant's first attempts at speech.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk
- the baby began to cry again
- she held the baby in her arms
- it sounds simple, but when you have your own baby it is all so different
Syn: babe, infant
- the baby of the family
- the baby of the Supreme Court
3. an immature childish person
- he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived
- stop being a baby!
Syn: child
4. an unborn child; a human fetus
- I felt healthy and very feminine carrying the baby
- it was great to feel my baby moving about inside
5. (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women
Syn: babe, sister
6. a very young mammal
- baby rabbits

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