Meaning of BABY in English

I. ˈbā-bē noun

( plural babies )

Etymology: Middle English, from babe

Date: 14th century



(1) : an extremely young child ; especially : infant

(2) : an extremely young animal

b. : the youngest of a group


a. : one that is like a baby (as in behavior)

b. : something that is one's special responsibility, achievement, or interest

3. slang

a. : girl , woman — often used in address

b. : boy , man — often used in address

4. : person , thing

is one tough baby

• ba·by·hood -bē-ˌhu̇d noun

• ba·by·ish -ish adjective

II. adjective

Date: 1591

1. : of, relating to, or being a baby

2. : much smaller than the usual

baby carrots

a baby flattop

take two baby steps

III. transitive verb

( ba·bied ; ba·by·ing )

Date: 1742

1. : to tend to indulge with often excessive or inappropriate care and solicitude

baby ing their only child

2. : to use or treat with care

baby ing a sore knee

Synonyms: see indulge

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.