A baby is the one wearing diapers and a pacifier in her mouth. That baby is so darn lovable, however, that the word is perhaps overused to describe anyone or anything you feel passionately about.

Everybody loves the baby, so much so that you might call your girlfriend 'baby' even though she's 23. If you work in construction, you might call any woman with nice legs baby as she walks past. You also might snidely call your little brother baby when he cries about getting a ball thrown in his face. When your mother has to take him to the ER for stitches after said wounding, you might defensively say "She's just babying him, he's fine."

Primary Meanings of baby

a very young mammal
treat with excessive indulgence
a project of personal concern to someone
Full Definitions of baby

n a very young mammal

baby rabbits”
Type of:
young mammal
any immature mammal

n 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”
babe, infant
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blue baby
an infant born with a bluish color; usually has a defective heart
a sweet innocent baby
abandoned infant, foundling
a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown
an infant who is sponsored by an adult (the godparent) at baptism
neonate, newborn, newborn baby, newborn infant
a baby from birth to four weeks
nurseling, nursling, suckling
an infant considered in relation to its nurse
papoose, pappoose
an American Indian infant
test-tube baby
a baby conceived by fertilization that occurs outside the mother's body; the woman's ova are removed and mixed with sperm in a culture medium - if fertilization occurs the blastocyte is implanted in the woman's uterus
war baby
conceived or born during war
a female godchild
a male godchild
liveborn infant
infant who shows signs of life after birth
low-birth-weight baby, low-birth-weight infant
an infant born weighing less than 5.5 pounds (2500 grams) regardless of gestational age
postmature infant
infant born after 42 weeks of gestation; usually shows signs of placental insufficiency
preemie, premature baby, premature infant, premie, preterm baby, preterm infant
an infant that is born prior to 37 weeks of gestation
SGA infant, small-for-gestational-age infant
an infant whose size and weight are considerably less than the average for babies of the same age
stillborn infant
infant who shows no signs of life after birth
term infant
infant born at a gestational age between 37 and 42 completed weeks
Type of:
child, kid
a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age

n 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”
Type of:
fetus, foetus
an unborn or unhatched vertebrate in the later stages of development showing the main recognizable features of the mature animal

n the youngest member of a group (not necessarily young)

“the baby of the family”
“the baby of the Supreme Court”
Type of:
issue, offspring, progeny
the immediate descendants of a person

n an immature childish person

“stop being a baby!”
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women

babe, sister
Type of:
fille, girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman
a young woman

v treat with excessive indulgence

cocker, coddle, cosset, featherbed, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil
Type of:
do by, handle, treat
interact in a certain way

n a project of personal concern to someone

“this project is his baby
Type of:
labor, project, task, undertaking
any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted

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