Originally Posted by trumptman
I guess you must have a special dictionary.Dictionary.com1. an infant or very young child.
2. a newborn or very young animal.
3. the youngest member of a family, group, etc.
4. an immature or childish person.
5. a human fetus.
6. Informal. a. Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. a girl or woman, esp. an attractive one.
b. a person of whom one is deeply fond; sweetheart.
c. (sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar address (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., esp. by a male to a female).
d. a man or boy; chap; fellow: He's a tough baby to have to deal with.
e. an invention, creation, project, or the like that requires one's special attention or expertise or of which one is especially proud.
f. an object; thing: Is that car there your baby?
–adjective 7. of or suitable for a baby: baby clothes.
8. of or like a baby; infantile: baby skin.
9. small; comparatively little: a baby car.
10. treating babies: a baby doctor.
–verb (used with object) 11. to treat like a young child; pamper.
12. to handle or use with special care; treat gently.
Cute. But dictionary.com is hardly definitive. Particularly when the OED exists:
Baby:A. n. 1. a.
An infant, a young child of either sex. (Formerly synonymous with child
; now usually restricted to an infant ‘in arms.’)b. fig.
Applied to a person's invention, achievement, concern or responsibility; so to carry
or hold the baby
, to be saddled with an unwelcome responsibility.c.
A girl; a girl-friend; a young woman: often as a form of address. slang
The degree of slanginess of the nineteenth-century examples is not easily determinable.d.
A person. slang.
In quots. 1919, 1953 ‘this baby’ = the speaker himself.e.
, or throw the baby out
) with the bath
) (cf. G. das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten
), to reject the essential with the inessential, to discard what is valuable along with what is waste or useless.2.
A doll, puppet. Obs.3.
A small image of oneself reflected in the pupil of another's eye; hence to look babies
. Obs.4. pl.
Pictures in books; perh. orig. the ornamental tail-pieces and borders with cupids and grotesque figures interworked (cf. BABERY
). Still in north. dial.5. fig.
(contemptuously) A foolish or childish fellow. to smell of the baby
: to be childish.6. transf.
The young of an animal; cf. B. 1a.7. a. fig.
A (comparatively) tiny thing; cf. B. 1a.b.
Applied to a small-sized bottle, jar, etc. slang.c. spec.
A small car.8. transf.
The youngest or most junior of a family, group of persons, team, etc.B. Comb.
(in which baby
approaches in use to an adj.)1.
General relations: a.
= ‘little, tiny’), as baby-boy
, (and of animals) baby-bird
objective gen. with verbal n. or pple., as baby-eater
similative, as baby-blind
attrib. (of or befitting a baby), hence
= ‘infantine, innocent,’ ‘little, tiny,’ ‘babyish, silly,’ as baby age
attrib. (for a baby's use), as baby-basket
parasynthetic deriv., as baby-faced
Passing into adj.
= young; small or diminutive of its kind.2.
Special combinations: baby act U.S.
) the act of a baby; (b
) an act or statute for the protection of minors; hence to plead the baby act
, to enter a plea that one is not legally responsible by reason of youth or inexperience; similarly, to read the baby act
), a light shade of blue; baby-blue-eyes
), the popular name of a plant of any of several species of the Nemophila
family; baby bonus Canad. colloq.
, a family allowance; baby boom colloq.
, a temporary marked increase in the birth-rate, spec.
one that occurred in the years following the war of 1939-45; the children born at the time of such an increase (cf. BULGE n.
3f); hence baby boomer
, a person born during the post-war baby boom; baby-bouncer
; baby buggy
), a perambulator; baby-doll
) = DOLL n.
1 2; (b
) (orig. U.S.
) a girl or woman who has the youthful and regular good looks characteristic of a doll and an ingenuous disposition; baby-doll pyjamas
, women's pyjamas consisting of a loose-fitting top worn over short trousers; also baby-doll nightdress
; baby face
, (a person with) a babyish face; baby food
, a milk-substitute or a light diet suitable for a baby; baby-grow
: see BABYGRO
, a doll's house, also
, a toy-house barometer or hygrometer from which little dolls issue to indicate changes of weather; baby-jumper
, a hoop or frame suspended by an elastic attachment, so that a young child secured in it may exercise its limbs; baby lace
(see quot.); baby-like a.
, babyish, infantile, adv.
as a baby does; baby pig disease
, hypoglycæmia of newly-born pigs; baby powder
, a skin powder for babies; baby-ribbon
, narrow ribbon such as that used for babies' clothes; baby's breath
, babies' breath
, the popular name of any of several delicate or sweet-scented plants, esp. Gypsophila paniculata
; baby's head slang
, a steak (and kidney) pudding; baby show
), a baby exhibition with an award for the ‘best’; baby-sitter
, a person engaged to be at hand to look after a young child or children in the absence of the parents; hence baby-sit v. intr.
; also trans.
(chiefly N. Amer.
) with child or children as obj., and in extended sense, to look after, stay with, or tend (a thing, animal, sick person, etc.); also fig.
; baby-sitting vbl. n.
and ppl. a.
); baby-snatcher joc.
, a person who enters into an amorous relationship with a much younger member of the opposite sex; hence baby-snatch v. intr.
, baby-snatching vbl. n.
; baby walker
, a device for assisting babies to learn to walk.
Edit: I will take the oed definition over dictionary.com any day of the week... The use of baby as fetus is not accepted by the authorities whose very job it is to categorize shifting definitions...