Meaning of BABY in English


n. & v.

--n. (pl. -ies)

1. a very young child or infant, esp. one not yet able to walk.

2 an unduly childish person (is a baby about injections).

3 the youngest member of a family, team, etc.

4 (often attrib.) a a young or newly born animal. b a thing that is small of its kind (baby car; baby rose).

5 sl. a young woman; a sweetheart (often as a form of address).

6 sl. a person or thing regarded with affection or familiarity.

7 one's own responsibility, invention, concern, achievement, etc., regarded in a personal way. (-ies, -ied)

1. treat like a baby.

2 pamper.

Phrases and idioms:

baby boom colloq. a temporary marked increase in the birthrate. baby boomer a person born during a baby boom, esp. after the war of 1939-45. baby-bouncer Brit. a frame supported by elastic or springs, into which a child is harnessed to exercise its limbs. Baby Buggy (pl. -ies) Brit. propr. a kind of child's collapsible pushchair. baby carriage US a pram. baby grand the smallest size of grand piano. baby-snatcher colloq.

1. a person who kidnaps babies.

2 cradle-snatcher. baby-talk childish talk used by or to young children. baby-walker a wheeled frame in which a baby learns to walk. carry (or hold) the baby bear unwelcome responsibility. throw away the baby with the bath-water reject the essential with the inessential.


babyhood n.

Etymology: ME, formed as BABE, -Y(2)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.