baby

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English[edit]

A human baby.
A baby monkey.
A baby elephant (sometimes called a calf).

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English babee, babi(baby), from babe(babe, baby), equivalent to babe +‎ -y/-ie(endearing and diminutive suffix).

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Noun[edit]

baby ‎(plural babies)

  1. A very young human, particularly from birth to a couple of years old or until walking is fully mastered.
  2. Any very young animal, especially a vertebrate; many species have specific names for their babies, such as kittens for the babies of cats, puppies for the babies of dogs, and chicks for the babies of birds. See Category:Baby animals for more.
  3. Unborn young; a fetus.
    When is your baby due?
  4. A person who is immature or infantile.
    Stand up for yourself - don't be such a baby!
  5. Term of endearment for a girlfriend or boyfriend or spouse.
  6. (informal) A form of address to a man or a woman considered to be attractive.
    Hey baby, what are you doing later?
  7. A pet project or responsibility.
    • 1996, Orlando Figes, A People's Tragedy, Folio Society 2015, p. 902:
      Sovnarkom was Lenin's baby, it was where he focused all his energies […].
  8. The lastborn of a family.
  9. An affectionate term for anything.
    See my new car here? I can't wait to take this baby for a drive.
  10. (archaic) A small image of an infant; a doll.

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Adjective[edit]

baby ‎(not comparable) (used only before the noun)

  1. Of a child: very young; of the age when he or she would be termed a baby or infant.
    a baby boy
  2. Of an animal: young.
    a baby elephant
  3. Intended for babies.
    baby clothes
  4. (of vegetables, etc.) Picked when small and immature (as in baby corn, baby potatoes).

Usage notes[edit]

When referring to a human baby (as per noun sense 1 above) the usual practice is to treat 'human' as the adjective and 'baby' as the noun.

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Verb[edit]

baby ‎(third-person singular simple present babies, present participle babying, simple past and past participle babied)

  1. (transitive) To coddle; to pamper somebody like an infant.
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt, Chapter , [1]
      [] though he tried to be gruff and mature, he yielded to her and was glad to be babied.
    • 1944, Emily Carr, The House of All Sorts, "Friction," [2]
      Then the man effected measles and stayed off the job for six weeks, babying himself at home, though he lived just round the corner from my half-built house.
  2. (transitive) To tend (something) with care; to be overly attentive to (something), fuss over.
    • 1967, "Mr. Mac and His Team," Time, 31 March, 1967, [3]
      In the past 27 years, "Mr. Mac," as he is known to his 46,000 teammates, has built and babied his McDonnell Co. from nothing into a $1 billion-a-year corporation.
    • 1912, Linda Craig, interviewed by Theresa Forte, "Tree and Twig farm — a treasure chest of heirloom tomatoes," Welland Tribune, 25 May, 2012, [4]
      I have grown them for years and although some years are better than others, I have always had loads of tomatoes by not babying them, going easy on the water, and fertilizing with compost in the planting hole.

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Danish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English baby.

Noun[edit]

baby c (singular definite babyen, plural indefinite babyer)

  1. A baby, an infant.
  2. (slang) An attractive young female.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English baby.

Noun[edit]

baby m ‎(plural baby's, diminutive baby'tje n)

  1. baby (infant)

Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: ba‧by
  • IPA(key): /ˈbei̯bi/
  • (rare) IPA(key): /ˈbɑby/

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Noun[edit]

baby

  1. baby (term of endearment)
  2. baby (very young human)

Declension[edit]

This spelling should preferably be used in nominative only as it does not fit into any standard inflection scheme.

Inflection of baby (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative baby babyt
genitive babyn babyjen
partitive babyä babyjä
illative babyyn babyihin
singular plural
nominative baby babyt
accusative nom. baby babyt
gen. babyn
genitive babyn babyjen
partitive babyä babyjä
inessive babyssä babyissä
elative babystä babyistä
illative babyyn babyihin
adessive babyllä babyillä
ablative babyltä babyiltä
allative babylle babyille
essive babynä babyinä
translative babyksi babyiksi
instructive babyin
abessive babyttä babyittä
comitative babyineen

Synonyms[edit]

  • (very young human) vauva
  • (term of endearment) kulta

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English

Noun[edit]

baby m ‎(plural babys)

  1. table soccer, table football
  2. baby, darling, sweetheart

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

baby m ‎(invariable)

  1. child, baby, neonate
  2. a small shot of whisky
  3. tripod for a film camera

Adjective[edit]

baby ‎(invariant)

  1. For use by young children
  2. Very young

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baby

  1. genitive singular of baba
  2. nominative plural of baba
  3. accusative plural of baba

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From English baby

Noun[edit]

baby m ‎(definite singular babyen, indefinite plural babyer, definite plural babyene)

  1. a baby

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From English baby

Noun[edit]

baby m ‎(definite singular babyen, indefinite plural babyar, definite plural babyane)

  1. a baby

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

baby m ‎(plural babys)

  1. baby