寶寶

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See also: 宝宝

Chinese[edit]

a jewel or gem; a treasure; precious a jewel or gem; a treasure; precious
trad. (寶寶)
simp. (宝宝)
variant forms 保保

Etymology[edit]

A diminutive of (bǎo, “treasure, precious”) formed by reduplication.

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

寶寶

  1. baby; newborn
    寶寶 [MSC, trad.]
    宝宝 [MSC, simp.]
    Wǒ de bǎobǎo jiào Wáng Xiǎoyún. [Pinyin]
    My baby’s name is Wang Xiaoyun.
  2. (affectionate) darling; honey (often said of a child or lover); sweetheart
  3. (neologism, slang) item; merchandise; product

Synonyms[edit]

Dialectal synonyms of 嬰兒 (“baby; infant”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Classical Chinese
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 嬰兒, 嬰孩
Mandarin Taiwan 嬰兒, 寶寶
Luoyang 娃娃
Wanrong 胎娃
Xuzhou 小毛娃兒
Wuhan 毛頭伢, 毛頭, 毛毛伢, 毛毛, 伢伢
Guiyang 嫩娃娃
Nanjing 小毛娃, 毛娃, 小寶寶
Cantonese Guangzhou 蘇蝦仔, 阿蝦, 臊妹
Hong Kong 蘇蝦仔, 蘇蝦, 啤啤, 啤啤仔
Dongguan 蘇蝦仔, 啤啤, 啤啤仔
Gan Nanchang 毛伢子
Lichuan 毛伢崽
Pingxiang 毛毛仔
Hakka Meixian 孲𤘅仔
Xingning 孲𤘅哩
Huidong (Daling) 孲𤘅仔
Qujiang 孲𤘅子
Lianshan (Xiaosanjiang) 嫩仔
Changting 孲𤘅子, 赤蝦子
Pingyu 蝦毛子
Wuping 孲𤘅子, 赤蝦子
Liancheng 孲𤘅子
Yudu 伢人子, 毛伢子
Ruijin 孲𤘅子, 赤蝦子
Shicheng 赤伢
Shangyou 伢毛子
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 孲𤘅仔
Liudui (S. Sixian) 孲𤘅仔
Hsinchu (Hailu) 孲𤘅, 孲𤘅仔
Dongshi (Dabu) 孲𤘅
Hsinchu (Raoping) 孲𤘅仔, 孲𤘅
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 阿佅, 嬰仔
Huizhou Jixi 細妹
Jin Taiyuan 小娃娃
Xinzhou 小娃子
Min Bei Jian'ou 𤘅仔
Min Dong Fuzhou 兒囝囝
Min Nan Xiamen 嬰仔
Quanzhou 嬰仔
Zhangzhou 嬰仔, 嬰哥, 紅嬰仔, 紅嬰
Taipei 嬰仔
Kaohsiung 紅嬰仔
Tainan 紅嬰仔
Taichung 紅嬰仔
Hsinchu 紅嬰仔
Lukang 紅嬰仔
Sanxia 紅嬰
Yilan 紅嬰仔
Kinmen 嬰仔
Philippines (Manila) 嬰仔
Haikou , intimate
Leizhou
Pinghua Nanning 娃娃
Wu Shanghai 小毛頭, 小小囡, 毛毛頭
Suzhou 小毛頭, 毛毛頭, 血泡泡
Hangzhou 小毛頭兒, 小毛頭, 毛頭兒, 毛毛頭
Wenzhou 娒兒, 娒娒兒
Chongming 小小囡
Danyang 小毛毛, 毛毛
Jinhua 王男
Ningbo 奶花, 小毛頭, 毛頭奶花, 孲𤘅, 抱手
Xiang Changsha 毛毛, 毛毛它, 毛它
Loudi 毛毛唧, 毛毛

Derived terms[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

寶寶

  1. (neologism, slang, humorous) a cute-sounding first-person pronoun usually used by females: I; me
    寶寶 / 宝宝  ―  Xià sǐ běn bǎobao le!  ―  It frightened the pants off me. [cute]