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Slang usage[edit]

I thought I saw this used as slang for "girls" (even with "girls" appearing in parentheses after 娃娃 in a Google search. If that's not what it means, how is this being used. It does seem to be a slang usage other than "baby." Or maybe an equivalent to the English slang term "baby" (as heard in numerous rock songs of the 1960s? 19:08, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

Example: this search. The last hit in the first page says "safari underground » Hula Girls (草裙娃娃呼啦啦) [2006]." I don't think it's referring to newborn babies doing the hula dance, as it would seem impossible for children so young that could not even stand up. 19:10, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

Strangely, this Wikipedia article uses it as a suffix after "Barbie." But the Barbie doll does not depict a baby, but a teenage girl. 19:13, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

This Wikipedia article translates 娃娃 as "doll." 19:14, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

Exactly, just like in English. In English, when a man says, "Hey baby, what's your sign?" He's not referring to an infant baby (hopefully, not). In this sense, it may refer to the slang "baby" or "babe." Yes, doll is another definition of this term (in this context, a doll does not have to depict an infant). In order of frequency, I would say that baby and doll are the most common definitions. The slang definition would not be the first thing I would think of without any other context. -- A-cai 22:25, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

OK, good to know; I think these additional usages should be added (with the proper qualifications: "(Slang)," "(Informal)," or whatever. 22:38, 16 December 2007 (UTC)