teddy bear

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English[edit]

A German teddy bear.

Etymology[edit]

It was Morris Michtom, the owner of a candy store in Brooklyn N.Y., that made the first “Teddy Bear” in the year 1902 in honor of then American President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt when as the story goes she had heard he’d refused to shoot a bear cub on one of his hunting trips.

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Noun[edit]

teddy bear (plural teddy bears)

  1. A stuffed toy in the shape of a bear.
  2. A lovable, endearing, large, strong, hairy, or sweet man
    • 1999, Ebony - Vol. 54, No. 6, Big Men are Sexy Too - Apr 1999, page 73
      ...the sexy "teddy bear" frontman of the '80s rap group Heavy D and the Boyz.
    • 2008, Jean A. Campbell, Taking Sexy Back: The Cure for the Sexual Blahs, page 124
      This is not to say that women don't admire the Brad Pitts and George Clooneys of the world, but they're just as likely to be attracted to a big, teddy bear kind of man as the guy gracing the cover of GQ.
    • 2009, Desmond Morris, The Naked Man: A Study of the Male Body, page 161
      Some insisted that, because men have generally hairier bodies than women, a super-hairy chest is super-male and therefore very appealing. They added that it not only looks sexy but also feels sexy, like a teddy bear.
    • 2010, Abigail Reynolds, Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice: A Modern Love Story with a Jane ... page 276
      “So I'm sort of a big teddy bear, am I?” “A sexy teddy bear.” he kissed her neck.

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