baby NOUN (pl. babies) 1) a child or animal that is newly or recently born. 2) a timid or childish person. 3) informal a person with whom one is having a romantic relationship. 4) (one's baby) one's particular responsibility, achievement, or concern.
ADJECTIVE comparatively small or immature of its kind.
VERB (babies, babied) be overprotective towards.
be left holding the baby — Cf. ↑be left holding the baby
throw the baby out with the bathwater — Cf. ↑throw the baby out with the bathwater
DERIVATIVES babyhood noun babyish adjective.
ORIGIN probably imitative of an infant's first attempts at speech.

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