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{adj: adoptable} suitable or eligible for adoption
"a shortage of adoptable babies"
<-> unadoptable



{adj: alert} very attentive or observant
"an alert and responsive baby is a joy"
"caught by a couple of alert cops"
"alert enough to spot the opportunity when it came"
"constantly alert and vigilant, like a sentinel on duty"
<-> unalert

{adj: awakened} (somewhat formal) having been waked up
"the awakened baby began to cry"

{adj: babelike} like a baby especially in dependence
"babelike innocence and dependence"

{adj: baby-faced} having a youthful-looking face

{adj: babyish} characteristic of a baby
"babyish tears and petulance"

{adj: bouncing} vigorously healthy
"a bouncing baby"

{adj: buxom, chubby, embonpoint, plump, zaftig, zoftig} euphemisms for slightly fat
"a generation ago...buxom actresses were popular"- Robt.A.Hamilton
"chubby babies"
"pleasingly plump"

{adj: cuddlesome, cuddly} inviting cuddling or hugging
"a cuddlesome baby"
"a cuddly teddybear"

{adj: cunning, cute} attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness
"a cute kid with pigtails"
"a cute little apartment"
"cunning kittens"
"a cunning baby"

{adj: deformed, distorted, ill-shapen, malformed, misshapen} so badly formed or out of shape as to be ugly
"deformed thalidomide babies"
"his poor distorted limbs"
"an ill-shapen vase"
"a limp caused by a malformed foot"
"misshapen old fingers"

{adj: delicate, soft} easily hurt
"soft hands"
"a baby's delicate skin"

{adj: demanding} requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill
"found the job very demanding"
"a baby can be so demanding"
<-> undemanding

{adj: first} preceding all others in time or space or degree
"the first house on the right"
"the first day of spring"
"his first political race"
"her first baby"
"the first time"
"the first meetings of the new party"
"the first phase of his training"
<-> last, intermediate

{adj: full-term} gestated for the entire duration of normal pregnancy
"a healthy full-term baby"
<-> premature

{adj: handmade, hand-crafted} made by hand or a hand process
"delicate handmade baby dresses"
<-> machine-made

{adj: healthy} having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease
"a rosy healthy baby"
"staying fit and healthy"
<-> unhealthy

{adj: helpless} unable to manage independently
"as helpless as a baby"

{adj: hyphenated} (of words) combined by means of a hyphen to form a unit
"hyphenated words"
"many feminists have chosen hyphenated names their children--today's so-called hyphenated babies"
"multiculturalism nurtures respect for hyphenated identities"

{adj: liveborn} (of newborn infant) showing signs of life after birth; not stillborn
"a liveborn baby"

{adj: lively} characterized by energetic activity
"a lively baby"

{adj: nestled, snuggled} drawn or pressed close to someone or something for or as if for affection or protection
"saw a number of small houses nestled against the hillside"
"like a baby snuggled in its mother's arms"

{adj: pure} (used of persons or behaviors) having no faults; sinless
"I felt pure and sweet as a new baby"- Sylvia Plath
"pure as the driven snow"
<-> impure

{adj: sheared, shorn} having the hair or wool cut or clipped off as if with shears or clippers
"picked up the baby's shorn curls from the floor"
"naked as a sheared sheep"
<-> unsheared

{adj: stillborn} (of newborn infant) showing no signs of life at birth; not liveborn
"a stillborn baby"

{adj: tired} depleted of strength or energy
"tired mothers with crying babies"
"too tired to eat"
<-> rested

{adj: weightless} having little or no weight or apparent gravitational pull; light
"floating freely in a weightless condition"
"a baby bat...fluffy and weightless as a moth"
"jackets made of a weightless polyester fabric"
<-> weighty

{adj: whole} including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete
"gave his whole attention"
"a whole wardrobe for the tropics"
"the whole hog"
"a whole week"
"the baby cried the whole trip home"
"a whole loaf of bread"
<-> fractional

{adv: about, just about, almost, most, all but, nearly, near, nigh, virtually, well-nigh} (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished
"the job is (just) about done"
"the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"
"we're almost finished"
"the car all but ran her down"
"he nearly fainted"
"talked for nigh onto 2 hours"
"the recording is well-nigh perfect"
"virtually all the parties signed the contract"
"I was near exhausted by the run"
"most everyone agrees"

{adv: awhile, for a while} for a short time
"sit down and stay awhile"
"they settled awhile in Virginia before moving West"
"the baby was quiet for a while"

{adv: baby-wise, baby-like} like a baby
"he cradled it, baby-wise, in his arms"

{adv: curiously, inquisitively, interrogatively} with curiosity
"the baby looked around curiously"

{adv: fretfully} in a fretful manner
"fretfully, the baby tossed in his crib"

{adv: mighty, powerful, right} (Southern regional intensive) very
"the baby is mighty cute"
"he's mighty tired"
"it is powerful humid"
"that boy is powerful big now"
"they have a right nice place"

{adv: sobbingly} with sobs
"sobbingly, the teenager admitted killing the baby"

{adv: soundly} deeply or completely
"slept soundly through the storm"
"the baby is sleeping soundly"

{adv: such} to so extreme a degree
"he is such a baby"
"Such rich people!"

{adv: well, good} (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well')
"the children behaved well"
"a task well done"
"the party went well"
"he slept well"
"a well-argued thesis"
"a well-seasoned dish"
"a well-planned party"
"the baby can walk pretty good"
<-> ill

{n: Achilles} a mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy; when he was a baby his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable--his `Achilles' heel'

{n: Duvalier, Jean-Claude Duvalier, Baby Doc} son and successor of Francois Duvalier as president of Haiti; he was overthrown by a mass uprising in 1986 (born in 1951)

{n: afterbirth} the placenta and fetal membranes that are expelled from the uterus after the baby is born

{n: afterpains} pains felt by a woman after her baby is born; associated with contractions of the uterus

{n: babble, babbling, lallation} gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby

{n: baby bed, baby's bed} a small bed for babies; enclosed by sides to prevent the baby from falling

{n: baby blue-eyes, Nemophila menziesii} delicate California annual having blue flowers marked with dark spots

{n: baby boom, baby-boom generation} the larger than expected generation in United States born shortly after World War II

{n: baby boomer, boomer} a member of the baby boom generation in the 1950s
"they expanded the schools for a generation of baby boomers"

{n: baby buggy, baby carriage, carriage, perambulator, pram, stroller, go-cart, pushchair, pusher} a small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around

{n: baby buster, buster} a person born in the generation following the baby boom when the birth rate fell dramatically

{n: baby doctor, pediatrician, pediatrist, paediatrician} a specialist in the care of babies

{n: baby farmer} someone who runs an establishment that houses and cares for babies for a fee

{n: baby grand, baby grand piano, parlor grand, parlor grand piano, parlour grand, parlour grand piano} a small grand piano

{n: baby oil} an ointment for babies

{n: baby powder} powder used to prevent a baby's diaper from chafing

{n: baby shoe} a shoe designed to be worn by infants

{n: baby talk, babytalk, motherese} an adult's imitation of the speech of a young child

{n: baby talk, babytalk} the developing speech of a young child

{n: baby's breath, babies'-breath, Gypsophila paniculata} tall plant with small lance-shaped leaves and numerous tiny white or pink flowers

{n: baby's tears, baby tears, Helxine soleirolia, Soleirolia soleirolii} prostrate or creeping Corsican herb with mosslike small round short-stemmed leaves

{n: baby, babe, infant} a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk
"isn't she too young to have a baby?"

{n: baby, sister} (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women

{n: babyminder, baby minder, minder} a woman who looks after babies in her own home while their parents are working

{n: babysitter, baby-sitter, sitter} a person engaged to care for children when the parents are not home

{n: babysitting, baby sitting} the work of a baby sitter; caring for children when their parents are not home

{n: baby} a project of personal concern to someone
"this project is his baby"

{n: baby} a very young mammal
"baby rabbits"

{n: baby} the youngest member of a group (not necessarily young)
"the baby of the family"
"the baby of the Supreme Court"

{n: bassinet} a basket (usually hooded) used as a baby's bed

{n: bawler} a loud weeper
"their new baby is a real bawler"

{n: bird's foot trefoil, bird's foot clover, babies' slippers, bacon and eggs, Lotus corniculatus} European forage plant having claw-shaped pods introduced in America

{n: blue baby} an infant born with a bluish color; usually has a defective heart

{n: bootee, bootie} a slipper that is soft and wool (for babies)

{n: carrycot} box-shaped baby bed with handles (for a baby to sleep in while being carried)

{n: ceibo, crybaby tree, cry-baby tree, common coral tree, Erythrina crista-galli} small South American spiny tree with dark crimson and scarlet flowers solitary or clustered

{n: cherub} a sweet innocent baby

{n: child, baby} an immature childish person
"he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived"
"stop being a baby!"

{n: childbirth, childbearing, accouchement, vaginal birth} the parturition process in human beings; having a baby; the process of giving birth to a child

{n: comforter, pacifier, baby's dummy, teething ring} device used for an infant to suck or bite on

{n: cradle} a baby bed with sides and rockers

{n: crib, cot} baby bed with high sides made of slats

{n: dad, dada, daddy, pa, papa, pappa, pop} an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk

{n: demand feeding} feeding a baby or animal whenever it shows a need

{n: dribbler, driveller, slobberer, drooler} a person who dribbles
"that baby is a dribbler; he needs a bib"

{n: erythroblastosis fetalis} severe anemia in newborn babies; the result of Rh incompatibility between maternal and fetal blood; typically occurs when the child of an Rh-negative mother inherits Rh-positive blood from the father; can be diagnosed before birth by amniocentesis

{n: female child, girl, little girl} a youthful female person
"the baby was a girl"
"the girls were just learning to ride a tricycle"
<-> boy, male child

{n: female, female person} a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
<-> male

{n: forceps} an extractor consisting of a pair of pincers used in medical treatment (especially for the delivery of babies)

{n: galago, bushbaby, bush baby} agile long-tailed nocturnal African lemur with dense woolly fur and large eyes and ears

{n: generation X, gen X} the generation following the baby boom (especially Americans and Canadians born in the 1960s and 1970s)

{n: gentleness, softness, mildness} acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered
"his fingers have learned gentleness"
"suddenly her gigantic power melted into softness for the baby"
"even in the pulpit there are moments when mildness of manner is not enough"

{n: genus Galago} bush babies

{n: genus Nemophila} genus of ornamental chiefly California herbs: baby blue-eyes

{n: layette} kit consisting of a complete outfit (clothing and accessories) for a new baby

{n: low-birth-weight baby, low-birth-weight infant} an infant born weighing less than 5.5 pounds (2500 grams) regardless of gestational age
"a low-birth-weight infant is at risk for developing lack of oxygen during labor"

{n: male child, boy} a youthful male person
"the baby was a boy"
"she made the boy brush his teeth every night"
"most soldiers are only boys in uniform"
<-> female child, girl

{n: male, male person} a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
<-> female

{n: midwife, accoucheuse} a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies

{n: multiflora, multiflora rose, Japanese rose, baby rose, Rosa multiflora} vigorously growing rose having clusters of numerous small flowers; used for hedges and as grafting stock

{n: nainsook} a soft lightweight muslin used especially for babies

{n: natural childbirth} labor and childbirth without medical intervention; no drugs are given to relieve pain or aid the birth process
"natural childbirth is considered the safest for the baby"

{n: neonate, newborn, newborn infant, newborn baby} a baby from birth to four weeks

{n: nestling, baby bird} young bird not yet fledged

{n: nipple} a flexible cap on a baby's feeding bottle or pacifier

{n: nursery, baby's room} a child's room for a baby

{n: perinatology} the branch of obstetrics concerned with the anatomy and physiology and diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the mother and the fetus or newborn baby during late pregnancy and childbirth and the puerperium

{n: playpen, pen} a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play

{n: premature baby, preterm baby, premature infant, preterm infant, preemie, premie} an infant that is born prior to 37 weeks of gestation

{n: primary tooth, deciduous tooth, baby tooth, milk tooth} one of the first temporary teeth of a young mammal (one of 20 in children)

{n: puppy fat} fat on the body of a baby or child; disappears at adolescence

{n: rattle} a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken

{n: rebozo} a long woolen or linen scarf covering the head and shoulders (also used a sling for holding a baby); traditionally worn by Latin-American women

{n: scene-stealer} an actor who draws more attention than other actors in the same scene
"babies are natural scene-stealers"

{n: schedule feeding} feeding a baby or animal according to a fixed schedule (e.g., every 4 hours)

{n: shower} a party of friends assembled to present gifts (usually of a specified kind) to a person
"her friends organized a baby shower for her when she was expecting"

{n: small-for-gestational-age infant, SGA infant} an infant whose size and weight are considerably less than the average for babies of the same age

{n: spoonfeeding} feeding someone (as a baby) from a spoon

{n: swan's down} soft woolen fabric used especially for baby clothes

{n: swathing} cloth coverings wrapped around something (as a wound or a baby)

{n: teething, dentition, odontiasis} the eruption through the gums of baby teeth

{n: term, full term} the end of gestation or point at which birth is imminent
"a healthy baby born at full term"

{n: test-tube baby} a baby conceived by fertilization that occurs outside the mother's body; the woman's ova are removed and mixed with sperm in a culture medium - if fertilization occurs the blastocyte is implanted in the woman's uterus

{n: tongue twister} an expression that is difficult to articulate clearly
"`rubber baby buggy bumper' is a tongue twister"

{n: tooth fairy} a fairy that is said to leave money at night under a child's pillow to compensate for a baby tooth falling out

{n: walker, baby-walker, go-cart} an enclosing framework on casters or wheels; helps babies learn to walk

{n: war baby} conceived or born during war

{n: wild madder, white madder, white bedstraw, infant's-breath, false baby's breath, Galium mollugo} Eurasian herb with ample panicles of small white flowers; naturalized in North America

{v: babble, blather, smatter, blether, blither} to talk foolishly
"The two women babbled and crooned at the baby"

{v: babble} utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way
"The old man is only babbling--don't pay attention"

{v: baby-sit, sit} work or act as a baby-sitter
"I cannot baby-sit tonight ; I have too much homework to do"

{v: break down, lose it, snap} lose control of one's emotions
"When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely"
"When her baby died, she snapped"

{v: breastfeed, bottle-feed, suckle, suck, nurse, wet-nurse, lactate, give suck} give suck to
"The wetnurse suckled the infant"
"You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places"
<-> bottlefeed

{v: bronze} give the color and appearance of bronze to something
"bronze baby shoes"

{v: calm, calm down, cool off, chill out, simmer down, settle down, cool it} become quiet or calm, especially after a state of agitation
"After the fight both men need to cool off."
"It took a while after the baby was born for things to settle down again."

{v: change} remove or replace the coverings of
"Father had to learn how to change the baby"
"After each guest we changed the bed linens"

{v: circumcise} cut the foreskin off male babies or teenage boys
"During the bris, the baby boy is circumcised"

{v: coo} speak softly or lovingly
"The mother who held her baby was cooing softly"

{v: cuddle} hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth
"I cuddled the baby"

{v: cut} have grow through the gums
"The baby cut a tooth"

{v: dandle} move (a baby) up and down in one's arms or on one's knees

{v: drivel, drool, slabber, slaver, slobber, dribble} let saliva drivel from the mouth
"The baby drooled"

{v: gurgle} make sounds similar to gurgling water
"The baby gurgled with satisfaction when the mother tickled it"

{v: murmur} speak softly or indistinctly
"She murmured softly to the baby in her arms"

{v: nestle, snuggle} position comfortably
"The baby nestled her head in her mother's elbow"

{v: nibble} bite gently
"The woman tenderly nibbled at her baby's ear"

{v: pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle, spoil, indulge} treat with excessive indulgence
"grandparents often pamper the children"
"Let's not mollycoddle our students!"

{v: press, push} make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
"`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman"

{v: produce, bring forth} bring out for display
"The proud father produced many pictures of his baby"
"The accused brought forth a letter in court that he claims exonerates him"

{v: pulsate, throb, pulse} expand and contract rhythmically ; beat rhythmically
"The baby's heart was pulsating again after the surgeon massaged it"

{v: puree, strain} rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
"puree the vegetables for the baby"

{v: put to sleep} help someone go to bed
"Mother put the baby to sleep"

{v: rock, sway} cause to move back and forth
"rock the cradle"
"rock the baby"
"the wind swayed the trees gently"

{v: spatter, bespatter} spot, splash, or soil
"The baby spattered the bib with food"

{v: spatter, splatter, plash, splash, splosh, swash} dash a liquid upon or against
"The mother splashed the baby's face with water"

{v: speak, talk} use language
"the baby talks already"
"the prisoner won't speak"
"they speak a strange dialect"

{v: stopper, stopple} close or secure with or as if with a stopper
"She stoppered the wine bottle"
"The mothers stoppered their babies' mouths with pacifiers"

{v: suck} draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum in the mouth
"suck the poison from the place where the snake bit"
"suck on a straw"
"the baby sucked on the mother's breast"

{v: teethe} grow teeth ; cut the baby teeth
"The little one is teething now"

{v: watch, observe, follow, watch over, keep an eye on} follow with the eyes or the mind
"Keep an eye on the baby, please!"
"The world is watching Sarajevo"
"She followed the men with the binoculars"

{v: wean, ablactate} gradually deprive (infants) of mother's milk
"she weaned her baby when he was 3 months old and started him on powdered milk"

{v: wrap, wrap up} arrange or fold as a cover or protection
"wrap the baby before taking her out"
"Wrap the present"
<-> unwrap


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