See also: baby

CebuanoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From baby. Also from an error in birth registration. When the parent has not decided on a name of the child, the child is often listed as baby + surname.

Proper nounEdit

Baby

  1. a female given name
  2. (rare) a male given name

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Mid-19th-century borrowing from English baby. The use as a term of endearment is a later borrowing from late-20th-century pop culture; it remains far commoner in pop music than in real life.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbeːbi/
    • (file)
  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛɪ̯bi/ (rather unusual for the sense “infant”, but often in the slang sense)

NounEdit

Baby n (genitive Babys, plural Babys or Babies, diminutive Babychen n or Babylein n)

  1. baby (infant)
    Synonym: Säugling
  2. (music or slang) baby (term of endearment for a lover)

Usage notesEdit

  • The plural spelling Babies is now proscribed, but still occasionally seen.

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Baby in Duden online