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baby (n.)

14世纪末, babi ,"男女婴儿",是 babe (见 babe )与 -y (3)的缩略语。意为"幼稚的成年人",出自17世纪 。意为"一群人中最年轻的人",到1897年。作为对情人的爱称,它也许早在1839年就有证据,当然到1901年就有了(OED写道,"19世纪的例子中的俚语程度不容易确定");它的流行也许被 baby vamp "一个受欢迎的女孩"(见 vamp (n.2))所推动,学生俚语从1922年开始。

意为"在他人眼中看到的自己的微小倒影",来自1590年代(比较 pupil (n.2))。到1750年作为形容词。 Baby food 是1833年的。 Baby blues 为"蓝眼睛"由1892年记载(该词也用于"产后抑郁症"1950-60年代)。为 empty the baby out with the bath (water) ,由1909年考证(见于G.B.Shaw;比较德国 das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten ,从17世纪考证)。婴儿的口气被注意到有甜味,这也是应该吸引猫的,因此有了 baby's breath 作为一种花的名称,从1897年开始考证。法语 bébé ( 19世纪)据说来自英语,但法语方言中也有相同意义的类似词。

baby (v.)

"像对待婴儿一样对待",1742年,来自 baby (n.)。相关链接: Babied ; babying

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Definitions of baby from WordNet
1
baby (n.)
a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk;
she held the baby in her arms
the baby began to cry again
it sounds simple, but when you have your own baby it is all so different
Synonyms: babe / infant
baby (n.)
the youngest member of a group (not necessarily young);
the baby of the family
the baby of the Supreme Court
baby (n.)
an immature childish person;
stop being a baby!
Synonyms: child
baby (n.)
an unborn child; a human fetus;
it was great to feel my baby moving about inside
I felt healthy and very feminine carrying the baby
baby (n.)
a very young mammal;
baby rabbits
baby (n.)
a project of personal concern to someone;
this project is his baby
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baby (v.)
treat with excessive indulgence;
Synonyms: pamper / featherbed / cosset / cocker / coddle / mollycoddle / spoil / indulge
From wordnet.princeton.edu