• 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

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