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English noun: baby

1. baby (person) a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsbabe, infant

Broader (hypernym)child, kid

Narrower (hyponym)abandoned infant, blue baby, cherub, foundling, godchild, neonate, newborn, newborn baby, newborn infant, nurseling, nursling, papoose, pappoose, suckling, test-tube baby, war baby

2. baby (person) the youngest member of a group (not necessarily young)

SamplesThe baby of the family.
The baby of the Supreme Court.

Broader (hypernym)issue, offspring, progeny

3. baby (person) an immature childish person

SamplesHe remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived.
Stop being a baby!.


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

4. baby (person) an unborn child; a human fetus

SamplesI felt healthy and very feminine carrying the baby.
It was great to feel my baby moving about inside.

Broader (hypernym)fetus, foetus

5. baby (person) (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women

Synonymsbabe, sister

Broader (hypernym)fille, girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman

Domain usageargot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular

6. baby (animal) a very young mammal

SamplesBaby rabbits.

Broader (hypernym)young mammal

7. baby (act) a project of personal concern to someone

SamplesThis project is his baby.

Broader (hypernym)labor, project, task, undertaking

English verb: baby

1. baby (social) treat with excessive indulgence

SamplesGrandparents often pamper the children.
Let's not mollycoddle our students!.

Synonymscocker, coddle, cosset, featherbed, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)do by, handle, treat

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