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Ba'by. n.s. [See Babe.]

  1. A child; an infant.

    The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart
    Goes all decorum.
    Shakesp. Measure for Measure.

    The child must have sugar plumbs, rather than make the poor baby cry. Locke.

    He must marry, and propagate: the father cannot stay for the portion, nor the mother for babies to play with. Locke.

  2. A small image in imitation of a child, which girls play with.

    The archduke saw that Perkin would prove a runnagate; and that it was the part of children to fall out about babies. Bacon's Henry VII.

    Since no image can represent the great Creator, never think to honour him by your foolish puppets, and babies of dirt and clay. Stillingfleet's Def. of Disc. on Rom. Idolatry.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Measure for Measure (39) · Stillingfleet, Edward (37)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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