• WordNet 3.6
    • v baby treat with excessive indulgence "grandparents often pamper the children","Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
    • n baby a project of personal concern to someone "this project is his baby"
    • n baby a very young mammal "baby rabbits"
    • n baby (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women
    • n baby the youngest member of a group (not necessarily young) "the baby of the family","the baby of the Supreme Court"
    • n baby 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"
    • n baby 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"
    • n baby an immature childish person "he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived","stop being a baby!"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Bye, baby bunting Bye, baby bunting
Hush-a-bye, baby Hush-a-bye, baby
Fairy with ugly baby Fairy with ugly baby
Dance a Baby music Dance a Baby music

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A baby kangaroo is called a joey
    • Baby A small image of an infant; a doll.
    • n Baby An infant or young child of either sex; a babe.
    • a Baby Pertaining to, or resembling, an infant; young or little; as, baby swans. "Baby figure"
    • v. t Baby To treat like a young child; to keep dependent; to humor; to fondle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average, a baby in the United States will eat fifteen pounds of cereal in their first year of life
    • n baby An infant or young child of either sex; a babe.
    • n baby A doll.
    • n baby [Cf. E. pupil, ⟨ L. pupilla, a girl, the pupil of the eye.] The minute reflection which a person sees of himself in the pupil of another's eye. There are many allusions to this in our older poets; hence such phrases as to look babies in one's eyes, used with regard to a lover.
    • n baby One who is like a baby; a childish person.
    • n baby To attempt to excuse excessive or feigned ignorance or stupidity on the ground of professed inexperience. [Colloquial in both uses.]
    • baby Babyish; infantine; pertaining to an infant.
    • baby Small, or comparatively small: as, a baby engine.
    • baby To treat like a young child.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The smallest frog is the "Brazilian baby frog", which is smaller than a dime
    • n Baby bā′bi an infant or child: a doll, puppet: the reflection of one's self in miniature seen in the pupil of another's eye
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  • Frank A. Clark
    “A baby is born with a need to be loved and never outgrows it.”
  • Jerome K. Jerome
    “If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby it.”
  • Carl Sandburg
    “A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.”
  • Queen Victoria
    “I don't dislike babies, though I think very young ones rather disgusting.”
  • Andy Warhol
    “Since people are going to be living longer and getting older, they'll just have to learn how to be babies longer.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A baby sitter is someone who watches your TV set While your kids cry themselves to sleep.”


Baby boomer - (USA) A baby boomer is someone born in the years after the end of the Second World War, a period when the population was growing very fast.
Cry-baby - A cry-baby is a person who gets emotional and cries too easily.
Hold the baby - (UK) If someone is responsible for something, they are holding the baby.
Sleep like a baby - If you sleep very well, you sleep like a baby.
Smooth as a baby's bottom - If something is smooth as a baby's bottom, it has a regular, flat surface.
Tar baby - A tar baby is a problem that gets worse when people try to sort it out.
Throw the baby out with the bath water - If you get rid of useful things when discarding inessential things, you throw the baby out with the bath water.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dim. of babe,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. imitative. See Babble.


In literature:

I took care of the baby.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
As he stood waiting he observed, on the opposite corner, a woman carrying a baby.
"A Beautiful Alien" by Julia Magruder
Mayn't baby have a bicsit, little baby's mother?
"Hoodie" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
Our little baby brother is quite a romp.
"Child-Land" by Oscar Pletsch
He had left his young wife and little baby in Ellis's charge.
"Three Little Cousins" by Amy E. Blanchard
Perhaps they wouldn't love their babies so much if they got them easily.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
The baby roused a little, and stretched and grunted, baby fashion.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
The baby chicken go scritch-scratch, not me!
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Not for many days lasted the open-mouth baby stage in these rapidly developing youngsters.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
William Yarner lost six children and saved a baby about eighteen months old.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
She even envied the black babies when their great black mammies crooned them to sleep.
"Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
Bird babies grow apace, and baby wrens have not many inches to achieve.
"A Bird-Lover in the West" by Olive Thorne Miller
Tell me about your mother and your baby brother.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
Ranny's fatherhood was perturbed by Violet's indifference to the baby.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
She only had me and the baby, and I didn't have any stars and the baby's got no teeth.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
It is very keen in searching out bits of wool and finding a place for its baby to thrive.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
If she'd married and had seven babies, they would have seen to it that she didn't make a fool of herself.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott
When she reached the spot where the baby had been left, no baby was there.
"The Squirrel Inn" by Frank R. Stockton
She would lie patiently for hours on her couch, watching her baby in his sleep.
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
De baby am in de mammy's arms and a bunch of Klux ridin' by takes a shot at de mammy, and it hits de baby and kills it.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration

In poetry:

Baby, sleep.
The war is over.
Daddy's come
with a German coin.
"Overheard In An Asylum" by Alfred Kreymborg
Baby, drink.
The war is over.
Mother's breasts
are round with milk.
"Overheard In An Asylum" by Alfred Kreymborg
Babies’ rattles,
Thimbles and reels,
Shuttles for tatting
And pastry wheels:
"South Sea Whaler. “Scrimshaw” Model" by Cicely Fox Smith
My Baby, my Burden,
Tomorrow the morn
I shall go lighter
And you will be born.
"Mary's Burden" by Eleanor Farjeon
A baby shines as bright
If winter or if May be
On eyes that keep in sight
A baby.
"Babyhood" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Would make a pet bunny
Chase a bad blood-hound,
Make a new-born baby
Slap his grandpa down.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown

In news:

A Minneapolis hospital is in hot water after accidentally mixing up babies in the nursery, and subsequently bringing the babies to the wrong parents for feeding.
Baby Matters LLC describes the Nap Nanny as an infant recliner designed to increase the baby's comfort.
Before the events of this weekend, the cab-baby story had enough feel-good components going for it to overshadow the underlying depressing fact that a father had abandoned his helpless baby in the back of a livery cab.
INTERVIEWS See the Babies Do Karaoke in Lo-Fi 'Baby' Video.
Parents-to-be Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa are expecting a baby boy, according to registries listed at Los Angeles baby boutiques Petit Tresor and Bel Bambini.
But now there's a new kind of baby talk that's helping mom, dad and baby better communicate.
Bristol Palin 's baby daddy is marrying his new baby mama, Sunny Oglesby this weekend in Alaska.
Bristol Palin's baby daddy took himself off the market Sunday evening in Alaska when he tied the knot with second baby mama Sunny Oglesby, according to published reports.
Betting on the baby name is only one manifestation of Britain's baby- mania .
On the surface, maternity leave is simple: You have a baby, you take time off work to take care of yourself and your baby, and then you go back to work.
This requires careful selection and use of all your baby gear, including your baby monitor .
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Welcoming your new baby into your home and setting up your nursery can be fun, but as you are planning to bring baby home, it's important to keep safety as your top priority.
Over 100 Baby Mops have been sold in the first month and the feedback from customers has reportedly been positive – with the exception of a few negative emails from moms who think putting babies to work this early in their life is cruel.
DA William Fitzpatrick's statement that single mothers who have baby after baby are rewarded by our welfare system hit the nail on the head.
(And don't forget to like In Name Only on Facebook, so you can keep up with the coolest names of the week, the latest in celebrity baby name news, and all things baby names .

In science:

Looking at the complete list of maximal subgroups of the Baby Monster B in [Wil2], we see that F i23 ֒→ B is a localization, as well as T h ֒→ B , H N ֒→ B , and L2(11) ֒→ B (see Proposition 4.1 in [Wil2]).
Finite simple groups and localization
This connects Thompson’s group T h and the Baby Monster (as well as the Harada-Norton group H N ) to the Fischer groups and also to the Chevalley groups L2(q).
Finite simple groups and localization
Wil2] Wilson, R. A., The maximal subgroups of the Baby Monster, I, J.
Finite simple groups and localization
It may be more realistic biologically to apply it only to babies, in which case it acts like a reduction of the birth rate.
Social Effects in Simple Computer Model of Ageing
In the Penna ageing model, the restriction of the Verhulst factor to babies did not give ma jor changes in the equilibrium results ; it sometimes gives an unrealistic time dependence in how the equilibrium population is approached and thus was not applied in the present model.
Social Effects in Simple Computer Model of Ageing
World sheet geometry and baby universes in 2-d quantum gravity.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
Remark 1.9 The inclusion F i23 ֒→ B of the Fischer group into the baby monster is a localization by [RST, Section 3 (vi)].
Non-simple localizations of finite simple groups
More recently , the spherically symmetric nonsingular black hole has been used to prove that a baby universe inside a Λ black hole can be obtained in the case of an eternal black hole.
General Spherically Symmetric Non Singular Black Hole Solutions in Teleparallel Theory of Gravitation
Also it has been shown that the probability of a quantum birth of a baby universe can not be neglected due to the existence of an infinite number of Λ white hole structures.
General Spherically Symmetric Non Singular Black Hole Solutions in Teleparallel Theory of Gravitation
The Crocodile’s Dilemma is an ancient paradox that is a deviously cute self-referential paradox. A crocodile steals a child and the mother of the child begs for the return of her beloved baby.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
Especially, the quantum gravity graphs of the dynamical triangulations model can be shown to be highly fractal, being self-similarly composed of “baby universes” branching off from the main surface, i.e., macroscopical subgraphs attached to the main body by only a few links55 .
The Harris-Luck criterion for random lattices
The second possibility could be to do a baby-version of PWA and to study angular correlations in final state hadrons.
Production of spin-3 mesons in diffractive DIS
Kevrekidis, Deciding the nature of the coarse integration through microscopic simulations: the baby-bathwater scheme, SIAM J.
Equation-free, multiscale computation for unsteady random diffusion
The second result takes a different approach and is a “baby” version of the stratification results of Katz-Laumon (compare with [FK]).
Exponential sums over definable subsets of finite fields
Hartle, The Quantum Mechanics of Cosmology, in Quantum Cosmology and Baby Universes: Proceedings of the 1989 Jerusalem Winter School for Theoretical Physics, ed. by S.
Generalizing Quantum Mechanics for Quantum Spacetime