babyhood


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ba·by

 (bā′bē)
n. pl. ba·bies
1.
a. A very young child; an infant.
b. An unborn child; a fetus.
c. The youngest member of a family or group.
d. A very young animal.
2. An adult or young person who behaves in an infantile way.
3. Informal
a. A lover or sweetheart.
b. Sweetheart; dear. Used as a term of endearment.
4. Slang An object of personal concern or interest: Keeping the boat in good repair is your baby.
adj. bab·i·er, bab·i·est
1. Of or having to do with a baby.
2. Infantile or childish.
3. Small in comparison with others of the same kind: baby vegetables.
tr.v. ba·bied, ba·by·ing, ba·bies
To pamper like a baby; coddle. See Synonyms at pamper.

[Middle English : babe, babe; see babe + -y, diminutive suffix.]

ba′by·hood′ n.
ba′by·ish adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.babyhood - the early stage of growth or developmentbabyhood - the early stage of growth or development
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
oral phase, oral stage - (psychoanalysis) the first sexual and social stage of an infant's development; the mouth is the focus of the libido and satisfaction comes from suckling and chewing and biting
2.babyhood - the earliest state of immaturitybabyhood - the earliest state of immaturity  
immatureness, immaturity - not having reached maturity
Translations

babyhood

[ˈbeɪbɪhʊd] Nprimera infancia f

babyhood

[ˈbeɪbihʊd] npetite enfance f

babyhood

babyhood

[ˈbeɪbɪhʊd] nprima infanzia
References in classic literature ?
but it is good to see you--and not a day older in appearance than when you trotted me on your knee in my babyhood.
It was only by an exertion of force that her mother brought her up to him, hanging back, and manifesting her reluctance by odd grimaces; of which, ever since her babyhood, she had possessed a singular variety, and could transform her mobile physiognomy into a series of different aspects, with a new mischief in them, each and all.
In babyhood Tom cuffed and banged and scratched Chambers unrebuked, and Chambers early learned that between meekly bearing it and resenting it, the advantage all lay with the former policy.
Her parents had been continental wanderers, and after a roaming babyhood she had lost them both, and been taken in charge by her aunt, Medora Manson, also a wanderer, who was herself returning to New York to "settle down.
Thus, if you leave your empty perambulator under the trees and watch from a distance, you will see the birds boarding it and hopping about from pillow to blanket in a twitter of excitement; they are trying to find out how babyhood would suit them.
he asked, turning instantly to his daughter and addressing her with the careless tone of habitual tenderness natural to parents who have petted their children from babyhood, but which Prince Vasili had only acquired by imitating other parents.
When you were a bird you knew the fairies pretty well, and you remember a good deal about them in your babyhood, which it is a great pity you can't write down, for gradually you forget, and I have heard of children who declared that they had never once seen a fairy.
Tibby was not ill-natured, but from babyhood something drove him to do the unwelcome and the unexpected.
Within myself, I had sustained, from my babyhood, a perpetual conflict with injustice.
So passed away Sorrow the Undesired--that intrusive creature, that bastard gift of shameless Nature who respects not the social law; a waif to whom eternal Time had been a matter of days merely, who knew not that such things as years and centuries ever were; to whom the cottage interior was the universe, the week's weather climate, new-born babyhood human existence, and the instinct to suck human knowledge.
From his very babyhood the son displayed almost incredible intellectual precocity and power of memory.
Tom was the eldest child of his parents, and from his earliest babyhood exhibited the family characteristics in great strength.