Meaning of BABY in English
/ ˈbeɪbi; NAmE / noun , adjective , verb
■ noun ( pl. -ies )
a very young child or animal :
The baby's crying!
a newborn baby
My sister's expecting a baby .
She had a baby last year.
a baby boy / girl
baby food / clothes
a baby monkey / blackbird
( informal ) the youngest member of a family or group :
He's the baby of the team.
( disapproving ) a person who behaves like a young child and is easily upset :
Stop crying and don't be such a baby.
( 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
- be your / sb's baby
- leave sb holding the baby
- throw the baby out with the bathwater
—more at candy , sleep verb
[ only before noun ] baby vegetables are a very small version of particular vegetables, or are picked when they are very small :
( ba·bies , baby·ing , ba·bied , ba·bied ) [ vn ] to treat sb with too much care, as if they were a baby
late Middle English : probably imitative of an infant's first attempts at speech.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005