A very young human, particularly from birth to a couple of years old or until walking is fully mastered.
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.
Unborn young; a fetus.
A person who is immature or infantile.
- When is your baby due?
A term of endearment for a girlfriend or boyfriend or spouse.
(informal) A form of address to a man or a woman considered to be attractive.
- Stand up for yourself - don't be such a baby !
A pet project or responsibility.
- Hey baby , what are you doing later?
The lastborn of a family.
- The annual report has been my baby since September.
(archaic) A small image of an infant; a doll.
- See my new car here? I can't wait to take this baby for a drive.
* (young human being) babe, babby, babbie, infant
* (immature or infantile person) big baby
* (term of endearment) love
* gamete, zygote, morula, blastocyst, embryo, fetus
) (used only before the noun
Of a child: very young; of the age when he or she would be termed a baby or infant.
Of an animal: young.
- a baby boy
Intended for babies.
- a baby elephant
Picked when small and immature (as in baby corn'', ''baby potatoes ).
- baby clothes
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.
* (sense) little
* (intended for babies) baby's
To coddle; to pamper somebody like an infant.
* anchor baby
* baby beef
* Baby Bell
* baby bond
* baby bonus
* baby boom
* baby boomer
* baby boy
* baby buggy
* baby carriage
* baby doll
* baby-doll pajamas, baby doll pyjamas
* baby face
* baby food
* baby girl
* baby grand
* baby house
* baby monitor
* baby of the family
* baby's breath
* baby seat
* babysit, baby-sit
* babysitter, baby-sitter
* baby's tears
* baby talk
* baby tooth
* be left holding the baby
* big baby
* cry like a baby
* passport baby
* throw out the baby with the bathwater, throw the baby out with the bathwater
* sleep like a baby
Attested since the 1500s in the sense "indulged child" and since the 1530s in the sense "animal companion".
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An animal kept as a companion.
One who is excessively loyal to a superior.
Any person or animal especially cherished and indulged; a darling.
- the love of cronies, pets , and favourites
* companion animal
To stroke or fondle (an animal).
(informal) To stroke or fondle (another person) amorously.
(informal) Of two or more people, to stroke and fondle one another amorously.
(dated) To treat as a pet; to fondle; to indulge.
(archaic) To be a pet.
- His daughter was petted and spoiled.
* pet cemetery
* pet name
* pet peeve
* pet project
* pet shop
* pet store
* teacher's pet
- a pet child
* F. Harrison
- a pet theory
- Some young lady's pet curate.
A fit of petulance, a sulk, arising from the impression that one has been offended or slighted.
* 1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 105:
- There was something ludicrous, even more, unbecoming a gentleman, in leaving a friend's house in a pet , with the host's reproaches sounding in his ears, to be matched only by the bitterness of the guest's sneering retorts.
(Geordie) A term of endearment usually applied to women and children.