1. a man.
|Trail of the Serpent 347: ‘Why I’m blest,’ cried the Smasher, ‘if the old baby aint at Peter’s game, a talkin’ to nobody upon his fingers.’.|
|Red Badge of Courage (1964) 134: ‘My sakes!’ ses the colonel. He ses: ‘Well, well, well,’ he ses, those two babies?’ [...] ‘they deserve t’ be major generals,’ he ses.|
|Mr. Jackson 49: Afterwards I got hep that you was a wise baby.|
|Smile A Minute 10: I am now nothin’ less than a full fledge A No. 1 2nd lieutenant and I got these babies salutin’ me.|
|Fighting Blood 209: They was having a wild party [...] with bootleg flowing like Niagara Falls, when along comes the revenue babies.|
|(con. 1900s–10s) 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 268: That baby’s got a slick cream of millions all over him.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 204: There were plenty of big tough babies in the game.Young Manhood in|
|‘Don’t Give Your Right Name’ in Goulart (1967) 5: I pick the hard babies.|
|Corruption City 129: I don’t want anybody to know we’ve nailed this baby.|
|Nightmare Town (2001) 341: It’s getting tough the way those babies knock ’em over in broad daylight.‘A Man Named Thin’ in|
2. (also baby card) in cards, the jack, i.e. the ‘baby’ of the king and queen.
|Forty Years a Gambler 100: One of the planters bet me the wine that he could turn the ticket with the baby.|
3. a woman.
|🎵 You may have your Babies and your colored swells.‘I’m Looking For A Bully’|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 30: Swell fift’ Avenoo babies, they is.|
|You Know Me Al (1984) 148: Say, I wish I could of heard what they said to that baby on the bench.|
|Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald V (1963) 205: She’s a wild baby.‘The Jelly Bean’ in|
|Chicago May (1929) 273: What that baby did not know, in that game, wasn’t worth knowing.|
|Short Stories (1937) 51: Big Jeff kept on pimping [...] he pimped for the black babies in the Black Belt.‘Big Jeff’ in|
|I Can Get It For You Wholesale 222: Say, that’s some bunch of babies.|
|Third Ear n.p.: babyn. [...] 2. a female.|
|Daily Mirror 20 Aug. 10: She [...] very nearly managed to deliver the correct text, singing: ‘Creole baby with flashing eyes’.|
|Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 145: Meanwhile the bald-headed space babies are killin everybody in sight.|
4. an object of one’s affection, usu. a person; also of animals; compare also senses 8 and 9.
|Adventures of Johnny Newcome I 21: [of horses] ‘Yaw! Babies, hip!’ the Driver cried, With whistle, stamp and lash thrown wide; And on the reeling carriage passed.|
|Huge Hunter in Beadle’s Half Dime Library XI:271 6/1: That must be a powerful strong wagon to carry such a big baby in it as that.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 14 Mar. 6/3: Frau Bodenhofer [...] had come to ascertain where her ‘Baby’ was. She, too, was locked up.|
|Checkers 27: [of a racehorse] There’s the baby’ll get the dough.|
|Powers That Prey 56: [They] listened to three ‘darkies’ explain, to the accompaniment of three guitars, that they find the Western Union a convenience no matter where they roam, and that they will telephone their baby, who’ll send ten or twenty maybe.|
|Rolling Stones (1913) 291: When you see your baby in print don’t blame me if you find strange ear marks and brands on it.letter in|
|Damon Runyon (1992) 220: [of horses] Never a handy / Guy like Sande / Bootin’ them babies in.in Breslin|
|Dark Hazard (1934) 44: [of a horse] Look at that baby come down the stretch.|
|Doughman 103: There would be impossible parking—from Mr Hobson’s blue limousine to Charley Pepper’s uncertain-cylindered ‘baby’.|
|Runyon à la Carte 106: Crap shooters first breathe on the dice, and rattle them good, and make remarks to them, such as ‘Come on, baby!’.|
|Corner Boy 83: Man, oh man, my baby’s got a one-track mind.|
|Walk in the Night (1968) 43: Another man rattling the dice and saying, ‘Come, baby, make nick. Make nick’.|
|Fantastic Four Annual 37: Hope the others got out in time, ’cause me an baby here’s about ta go.|
|Homeboy 55: All I want to know is my baby is gonna get off Front Street in one piece.|
|Keepers of Truth 83: That’s no excuse to go kicking my baby.|
|Thrill City [ebook] [of a helicopter] Been flying these babies since the eighties.|
|IOL News (Western Cape) 12 May 🌐 The guitar is part of the permanent collection at the bob Marley Museum [...] ‘That was his baby [...] That was his weapon’.|
5. a term of affection or general address between men and women; also less commonly between men and men or women and women.
|Paul Pry (London) 15 Aug. n.p.: Look out, or D— v— ds— n will be on to you; ta ta for the present, baby.|
|Barman & Barmaid 12 July 3/1: In addition [he] gives ‘Baby’ a flower which costs himn a tanner.|
|Sporting Times 8 Nov. 1/5: ‘When will you marry me as you promised, darling?’ ‘As soon as Chamberlain clears himself of the charges brought against him, baby’.|
|Dumont’s Joke Book 60: She calls you ‘baby’ and you call her ‘ootsy’.|
|More Fables in Sl. (1960) 113: Then Puss would tell the Visitor that Baby was simply ruining his health through devotion to his Employers.|
|More Gal’s Gossip 74: Cupid is a marvellous magician, as one fully realises when one overhears a callow youth address a still fascinating belle of forty [...] as ‘Baby’.|
|Jargon Book 3: Baby—A pet name.|
|Amer. Negro Folk-Songs 330: [reported from Auburn, AL, 1915–16] Come on, Baby, Papa ain’t mad with you.|
|[song title] Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 604: Wait here with me, Baby.‘That Ever-Loving Wife of Hymie’s’ in|
|Mildred Pierce (1985) 344: [woman to woman] Baby, I wouldn’t let that cluck buy your dinner.|
|Really the Blues 24: Hey, look, baby [...] I know you’re Capone’s old lady.|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 83: [man to man] Keep talking, baby [...] You’re talking us into a hatful of dough.|
|Joint (1972) 52: [man to man] Baby, such gloom!letter 10 May in|
|Corner Boy 99: [man to man] I don’t know you, baby.|
|Crazy Kill 128: I ain’t that crazy, baby.|
|Scene (1996) 9: [man to man] I wanted to turn you on, baby.|
|(ref. to 1951) Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 178: The first time I heard the expression ‘baby’ used by one cat to address another was up at Warwick in 1951 [...] The term had a hip ring to it, a real colored ring [...] It was like saying ‘Man, look at me, I’ve got masculinity to spare.’ It was like saying at the same time to the world, ‘I’m one of the hippest cats, one of the most uninhibited cats on the scene.’.|
|Hellhole 121: There was a strength and assurance in the way colored people used ‘baby’ (they’d coined it and felt it belonged to them).|
|Bug Jack Barron 26: Make nice, Jack, baby, he warned himself grimly.|
|Street Players 37: When am I going to see you, baby?|
|Jones Men 163: [man to man] This is just part of the uniform baby.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 27: [man to man] Gimme five on d’ soul side. Lay some skin on me, baby!|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] (addressing a canary) Hello baby, have you missed me?‘Wanted’|
|Golden Orange (1991) 113: That’s what we’re here for, baby!|
|Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 268: It wasn’t one of Nifty’s sweetest rides, I can tell you that, baby.|
|Powder 18: Guy! Darling! Oh, God, I can’t believe it . . . baby!|
|Guardian Guide 1–6 Jan. 9: We’ve come a long way, baby.|
|Widespread Panic 197: ‘And you’ve got cojones [...] calling a Negro man “baby”’.|
6. as a container.
(a) a bottle or glass of liquor; thus kiss the baby, to take a drink; the baby is born, there is enough money to buy a bottle.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Jan. 11/1: Then, with a sigh, the bard set out once more upon the baby hunt.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 293: It was great, that pint, too, but the first was the ever-memorable baby.|
|A Thief in the Night (1992) 315: It looks to me like the only bottle, the last of its case [...] This baby is worth nursing.|
|It (1987) 85: Call an ambulance, my ass. He drinks this baby and I’ll be calling Parker and Waters in Swedholm for their funeral hack.|
|(con. 1980s) Pictures in my Head 117: And the Guinness! What a drink. Two o’ those babies and I’m singing.|
(b) a small or half-sized bottle, whether of spirits or a non-alcoholic drink, orig. soda water; thus baby and nurse, a small bottle of soda water with twopennyworth of spirits.
|(ref. to 1870s) Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 13/2: Baby (Tavern, 1875) [...] the half-bottle (2d.) which from its small size was dubbed ‘baby’ [...] Baby and nurse (Tavern, 1876) A small bottle of soda-water and two-penny-worth of spirit in it. This is the nurse.|
|Notes on a Cellar-Book 174: [T]he quarter-bottle, sometimes called ‘nip,’ ‘baby,’ and other pet names.|
(c) (US) a glass of milk.
|AS XI:1 42: BABY. Glass of fresh milk.‘Linguistic Concoctions of the Soda Jerker’ in|
7. a person, often self-referential as in this baby.
|Boss 186: Keep your peepers on them babies.|
|Two & Three 4 Nov. [synd. col.] One snooter used to make this baby sicker than a Cook’s tourist on the second day out.|
|Big Town iii: So this Codd baby had give himself an introduction to my Mrs. and Kate.|
|(con. 1918) Red Pants 87: If you think this baby will wait that long on any guy, you’re all wet.|
|Walls Of Jericho 29: I been haulin’ pianos; but when they starts plantin’ dynamite, this baby’s gonna start haulin’ hindparts!|
|Flirt and Flapper 126: Flirt: There can be nothing left but a Sisiterhood. Flapper: Not for this baby!|
|Gangster Stories Oct. n.p.: [N]ot even Garland’s ‘persuasive’ methods could make this baby change her mind.‘Snowbound’ in|
|What’s In It For Me? 197: What a shock it was going to be to this baby when she woke up.|
|Big Con 59: He’s a hefty baby.|
|Rhubarb 133: ‘I think I can convince each of you that you, too, have certain responsibilities.’ ‘Not this baby,’ spoke up Len Sickles.|
|Flypaper War 154: ‘What these babies can do with edged tools is beyond belief’.|
8. an object of excellence; compare sense 4.
|‘College Words and Phrases’ in DN II:i 21: Baby, adj. Anything nice.|
|More Ex-Tank Tales 95: I’m bound to say it’s a baby of a maxim for prophetic truthfulness.|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 15: Here’s a baby. Saw this in a paper from Cohoes yesterday.in Zwilling|
|Sun (NY) 22 Sept. 7/2: But oh these babies up here. They could bite their way through a battleship.|
|Three Soldiers 178: The big gun fired again. Chrisfield was near it this time and felt the concussion like a blow in the head. ‘Some baby,’ said the man behind him.|
|A Thousand and One Afternoons [ebook] [S]he told me he was some baby on music.|
|Iron Man 39: Look at that hook, George [...] that’s the baby that’ll put old Mike to sleep.|
|Native Tongue 157: Make it a classic. Say, a 1964 Ford Falcon. You don’t see many of those babies.|
9. (also babe) an otherwise unnamed item or object, esp. used of automobiles, weapons and machinery; compare sense 4.
|letter 17 Sept. in Soldier Letters (1919) 165: I understand from Carolus that you have been shifted to the Tanks [...] Be sure and learn how to get one of those babies out of the mud.|
|Smile A Minute 278: ‘How much is this baby here?’ I says, pointin’ to the limousine.|
|Me – Gangster 196: The thing fired a .45 caliber automatic cartridge, and when I picked up a few of them they sure were brutal-looking babies.|
|Little Caesar (1932) 201: Joe Peeper flung [the dice] out of the window. ‘Them babies’ll never bother me no more.’.|
|Federal Agent Nov. 🌐 The jack is brought in with an armored car and I don’t want no part of them babies.‘Good Luck is No Good’ in|
|High Window 90: I hear how in Noo York they got elevators that just whiz [...] Must take a good man to run them fast babies.|
|Thieves’ Market 108: We’ll unload that baby right in the street.|
|Battle Cry (1964) 296: Set up the TBX and get in contact with this baby.|
|Family Arsenal 242: I pity the poor fucker who messes with this baby.|
|Brown’s Requiem 55: I stopped by the office and picked up the file. What I don’t remember, this baby does.|
|Christine 482: A pair of crutches with wet snow on them can turn into ice-skates. ‘You really operate those babies,’ Arnie said.|
|Commitments 68: Now, Dean, make that baby [i.e. saxophone] squeal.|
|Powder 331: We can get you guys some help and walk those babies right on out of here.|
|Dreamcatcher 76: These babies [i.e. teeth] are right out in front. He didn’t know they were gone.|
|Stingray Shuffle 311: These silver babies [i.e. model trains] are the train we’re walking towards.|
|Making of a Legionnaire 167: [of a parachute] No other marks or signatures. This babe had obviously not passed through any checks .|
|Knockemstiff 53: ‘[T]hese babies [i.e. amphetamines] will get us clar to goddam San Francisco’.‘Pills’ in|
|Bad Boy Boogie [ebook] ‘[He] taught her the art of the blow job [...] on the rides home. Hope you enjoyed our sloppy seconds’.|
10. one’s special interest or responsibility, usu. with the possessive pronoun, e.g. it’s my baby.
|Broadway Melody 44: Zannie promised me that baby—it’s mine.|
|Cool Customer 263: Look here, young fellow. Ferrill is my baby. I know you are going to check up on him. That’s all right, but you are to come to me with anything you find out.|
|Self Portrait of Murder (1951) 183: I’m glad this mess is your baby, Prof.|
|Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 196: ‘There’s our baby.’ Dix saw a monumentally impressive facade [...] blazing with light.|
|Big Heat 133: Hey, Max, this ain’t my baby.|
|Cotton Comes to Harlem (1967) 65: That’s Homicide’s baby. We got nothing on O’Hara.|
|Limo 72: [of a TV show] ‘It’s your baby, Jack. You rock it,’ I said.|
|Working Lives 83: Okay [...] It’s your baby. I’ll go along with you.et al.|
|Therapy (1996) 97: I can’t believe that they would turn the whole show over to another writer [...] It’s my baby.|
|Indep. Rev. 9 Oct. 20: I’m founder of Mobo, so this is my baby.|
|Hip-Hop Connection Jan. 85: I actually wanted a first-time director, ’cos this is my baby.|
11. (US Und.) a prostitute’s client.
|Cast the First Stone 39: She had a small minute of indecision when he brought the first hundred-dollar baby to [...] meet her.|
12. (US gay) an under-age/teenage boy.
|Queens’ Vernacular 44: any boy under the age of consent [...] baby (known SF, late ’60s: ‘Lookit that sweet hippy baby’).|
|Gay Sl. Dict. 🌐.|
13. (drugs) marijuana [as a term of affection for the drug].
|‘Red-dirt Marijuana’ in Southern (1973) 11: He call it lotta things. He call it ‘baby’ too. Hee-hee.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970).|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
14. (US) an attractive young woman.
|Garden of Sand (1981) 77: Yeow, if you want some scabby bag. I’m talking about a baby! Only nineteen. Looks like a college girl. White as plaster. Purely blond. Pud on her like a peach.|
15. (UK black) a very young gangster.
|Hood Rat 110: Tinies and Babies, twelve-year-old wannabe gangsters [...] who’d splinter their own foot bones before they hit someone.|
16. (US prison) a young, passive homosexual, thus a stronger prisoner’s ‘girlfriend’.
|Border [ebook] If you were a ‘baby,’ a bitch, if you wouldn’t or couldn’t fight, Zuniga or the others would rent you out.|
|Broken 160: If anyone except Lee tried to make me his baby, Lee beat him up.‘The San Diego Zoo’ in|
a general term of address, usu. to a woman.
|Rage in Harlem (1969) 119: Baby-o, I got news for you.|
1. (US campus, also warm-baby) a student who excels in a certain subject.
|DN II:i 42: hot-baby, n. One very good in certain things, as ‘He is a hot-baby in Greek’. [Ibid.] 69: warm-baby, n. One very good in certain things.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
2. any person who excels in something.
|Pink Marsh (1963) 165: ’Ey ’s on’y one hot baby, misteh, an’ ’at’s Misteh Peteh Jackson.|
|Knocking the Neighbors 108: She began to turn the Old Family Residence upside down and get it stocked up, just like a Club, for the Hot Babies from the Metropolis.|
|Shorty McCabe on the Job 163: I’m the Hot Baby of Sunset Lake; and that ain’t any bellboy’s dream.|
3. (US campus) a promiscuous person, a sexually eager woman; also attrib.
|DN II:i 42: hot-baby, n. One inclined to be fast.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|‘People ex rel Churchill v. Greene’N.Y. Court Appeals. Records and Briefs 578: She also asked us to go upstairs with her for a good time, saying that she was a hot baby, and could just eat a good stiff prick.|
|in Letter from My Father (1978) 53: My God! what a hot baby she was!|
|Fair Rewards 177: She’s a hot baby, she is! Actors!|
|Best Amer. Mystery Stories I 143: Say, May certainly can write a hot-baby letter, all right, believe me!|
|Disinherited 198: Boy, I met up with a hot baby!|
|My Name is Christopher Nagel 42: Yeah, she’s a hot baby all right. Boy, is she a hot baby!|
(US) used as an intensifier.
|That Guiltiest Feeling 31 Oct. [synd. cartoon] I’ll sock that old pill into th’ nex’ county! Baby!|
SE in slang uses
(US black) childish.
|Way Past Cool 48: Yo. Marcus-homey [...] You be okay, so stop all that baby-ass shit.|
see batter n.1 (3)
1. (orig. US, also baby-blue eyes, icy-blues) human eyes, irrespective of their actual colour.
|Hearst’s Mag. 31-2 440: Fix your baby blues on the little ball and watch me close.|
|Courier-Jrnl (Louisville, KY) 13 Sept. 4:5/4: The young man said, ‘Here’s staring right in your baby-blues without even belching’.|
|‘On Broadway’ 17 Nov. [synd. col.] ‘Did I do something wrong, officer?’ she baby-blue-eyed him.|
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 291: You see that hick over there with the big shoulders and the ugly face? Well, keep your baby-blue eyes on him.|
|[||Prelude to a Certain Midnight Bk I Ch. ii: Those bright brown eyes that used to be so steady and candid against the baby-blue whites].|
|Flesh and Blood (1978) 15: I flash the baby blues, all right. I give them the blondie boy look.|
|Muscle for the Wing 85: As if he was hoping that regular blasts from his icy blues would prompt some spur-of-the-moment afternoon lushness to come into his arms.|
|Homeboy 23: Out poked Candy’s spunsugar wighat, baby blues agog.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 8: She didn’t say anything, just looked me up and down and blinked those big baby blues.|
|Viva La Madness 306: Ted nods gently, the baby blues fixed on me.|
|Crimes in Southern Indiana [ebook] He looked into Fenton’s tired baby blues.‘Beautiful Even in Death’ in|
2. (US) a police officer [play on blues n.2 (1)].
|West Side Story II i: Play it big with the baby blues.|
(Aus./Can.) a family allowance.
|Population on the Loose 170: A flat-rate baby bonus, then, has its greatest influence at the bottom of the income scale.|
|(con. 1944)Search for Identity 21: John Bracken said [...] that the family allowance, already known as the Baby Bonus, had ‘all the earmarks of a political bribe’.|
|Can. Parliamentary Debates 2 1460/1: If the minister is going to take away the baby bonus he better pass a law requiring husbands to give allowances to their wives.|
|Harriet’s Daughter 97: I explained about Mrs Blewchamp, the baby bonus cheques and how my mother had refused to give me any of it.|
|Can. Women’s Issues 50: ‘Hands Off the Family Allowance’ [...] The $220,000,000 Baby Bonus increase we were all expecting has fallen victim to the government’s ‘anti- inflation program’.|
|News Weekly (Aus.) 17 Nov. n.p.: Of course, there was criticism galore of Howard’s ‘baby bonus’ policy but this was more to do with it being too paltry to convince women to stay at home.|
|(con. 1944) Canadian Economy Online 🌐 The family allowance was Canada’s first universal welfare program. Widely called the ‘baby bonus’, the Family Allowance Act of 1944 began a monthly payment to Canadian families with children, regardless of income.|
(US) juvenile detention.
|Wire ser. 4 ep. 3 [TV script] The van for baby booking just left.‘Home Rooms’|
see baby gravy
(US gay) a convertible sports car.
|Gay Sl. Dict. 🌐.|
(US) a child molester.
|Clockers 514: I shipped him to Protective [...] there’s nothing up there but snitches, baby bumpers [etc.].|
the female breasts.
|🌐 I could tell Mabel’s perfume and braless baby bumpers were having their effect. The Saviour looked down and blushed.‘How I Met the Saviour’|
one who was born in the decade 1965–1975, i.e. the period after the baby boom that followed WWII, thus one born during a baby bust.
|Wall Street Journal 12 Nov. 41: Now get ready for the baby busters. They’re the consumers born after the baby boom subsided – from about 1965 to 1974 – and they’re shaping up to be the next hot demographic group.|
|Dict. of Today’s Words.et al.|
1. a term of affection between friends.
|Darling n.p.: ‘Honestly, honey, you make me want to go straight.’ ‘Maybe we should try.’ ‘Babycakes, set a date’.|
|Billboard 20 Oct. 14: Hits of the World [...] Baby Cakes Dee Dee Sharp.|
|One of Us Works for Them 168: Disloyalty starts at home, baby cakes, don’t forget that.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 2: baby cakes – A name for someone you truly dig, but mostly your main chick or girl. You can shorten it to Cakes or Cakie and it means the same.|
|New Girls (1982) 271: Fat chance, babycakes.|
|Breaks 77: I tell you, babycakes, you don’t know what work is.|
|(con. 1960s) Blood Brothers 14: I fell in love with you the first time I saw you. OK baby-cakes?|
|🌐 Hey cakes... you’re sssssoooooo boodiful! :) i gave you an 11 :P bye bye now.at RateMyPicture.com|
|‘Be My Alibi’ in ThugLit Sept. [ebook] And believe me, baby cakes, I'm about to hand you a fireproof cover.|
2. a (pretty) young woman or handsome man.
|Current Sl. (1967) I:4 3/1: Baby cakes, n. An attractive boy or girl.|
|Rivethead (1992) 93: His lecher’s rollcall of ‘sweetmeat’ and ‘baby cakes’.|
|Another Day in Paradise 181: Check on some speed for me OK, babycakes?|
see sense 2
1. a midwife.
|Slogum 40: Soon Gulla Slogum was baby-catcher for all the settlers, going from soddy to dugout, in any weather .|
|Sat. Eve. Post 221 37/3: In forty years a baby catcher acquires a lot o’ namesakes [...] Guess how many babies this good right hand has reddened their cabooses?|
|Be a Healthy Mother 89: Dr. March Banks, Anaheim, California, another M.D. who delivers naturally, calls himself ‘a baby catcher’.|
|[bk title] Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife.|
2. a doctor.
1. a baby; a child.
|Gritny People 14: I’m knowin’ Miss Mimi ever since she was a baby-chile [DARE].|
|(con. 1940s) JiveOn.com 🌐.‘The Jive Bible’ at|
2. a younger, less respected or less experienced individual.
|JiveOn.com 🌐.‘The Jive Bible’ at|
3. an immature person.
|JiveOn.com 🌐.‘The Jive Bible’ at|
|sex.philly2nite.com 🌐 Aunt Juanita lay on the bed with her legs up on shiny metal stirrups with a light blue sheet covering her baby chute.|
|iVillage 🌐 When that baby passes down the vaginal canal, what once was a pleasure center is now a baby chute, and you may never think about it the same way again.|
1. (US) a young woman, esp. when attractive.
|‘Troubles of Two Girls’ in S.F. Chron. 8 June 31/1: Ain’t she the thoughtful baby doll?|
|🎵 We’ll meet some of our high-toned neighbors, An exhibition of the ‘Baby Dolls,’ And each one will do their best, Just to outclass all the rest.‘The Darktown Strutters’ Ball’|
|N.Y. Nights 89: [The] large ornate dolls which indulgent New Yorker male likes to buy for his lady friend. He gives his ‘baby’ a baby, his ‘cutie’ a cutie, his ‘baby-doll’ a baby-doll.|
|Haunch Paunch and Jowl 67: After each rebuff I vow, ‘I’ll get you yet, French Baby Doll, you damned Teaser, I’ll get you yet ...’.|
|Iceman Cometh Act I: You dumb baby dolls gimme a pain.|
|(con. 1942) Gallery (1948) 199: So I left my baby doll in Algiers for this.|
|Teen-Age Mafia 36: What about this baby doll of yours? Are you hauling her along?|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Amer. Dream Girl (1950) 201: She’s always pullin’ that cute little baby-doll stunt on him.‘Milly and the Porker’ in|
|(con. 1960s) Blood Brothers 13: She would move her body close to mine and give me that baby doll look, the kind of look that makes a man feel ten feet tall.|
3. a direct term of address.
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 128: A swell little broiler will call this big cheese ‘baby doll.’.|
|Main Street (1921) 102: The gang of boys from fourteen to twenty who loafed before Dyer’s Drug Store [...] whistling the Hoochi-Koochi and catcalling, ‘Oh, you baby-doll’ at every passing girl.|
|‘Mutt & Jeff II’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 14: Never let it be said that Little Jeff wasn’t a darn good man, eh baby doll.|
|Joint (1972) 48: A band burst into dance music, live music, baby doll, not a jook.letter 17 Mar. in|
|Affairs of Gidget 113: ‘You makin’ too much noise baby-doll,’ Ollie chuckled.|
|Awopbop. (1970) 88: Because it’s what’s happening, babydoll.|
4. a success.
|Hand-made Fables 187: The certain Prospect of Juicy Contracts which would convert the Fliv into a Baby Doll.|
5. (US) in pl., a style of high-heeled woman’s shoe.
|Man with the Golden Arm 123: The spectacle of somebody’s grandmother in nothing but a suit of long underwear, the high-heeled shoes once called ‘baby dolls’ and one ear-ring dangling.|
6. (US gay) an attractive male.
|Gay Sl. Dict. 🌐 baby doll: a pretty man or boy, cherished by a man as his lover.|
(US black) a woman who has had a large number of children.
|TheBarrel.com 🌐 Do you want an intellectual companion? A baby factory? A hiking partner? Or just lots of good, old-fashioned sex? Identifying your needs is the first, and most important, step in selecting a girl-friend.|
an older person, usu. a woman, who prefers affairs with people much younger than themselves.
|Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 11: I visualized a platoon of priest-eaters [...] ready to storm in and catch such a notorious Taig baby-farmer in bed – with a Prod!|
|DSUE (8th edn) 35/2: C.20.|
(orig. W.I.) a boyfriend, esp. the father of one’s child although not one’s legal husband.
|Sunday Gleaner 5 Mar. 9/2: The true relationship must be based on baby-father taking his true place in the home and among the community.|
|🎵 Baby father, don’t run. Don’t hide.‘Baby Father’|
|Man-of-Words in the West Indies 68: Just for the sake of a root of cassava, / That’s why some of these young girls don’t know their pickny’ father.|
|Summer Lightning 102: Yu can gwan yu is yu father pickney and he will have to deal with yu I not going worry myself no more. [...] I call her Me Ma though she really not my mother at all. She is the mother of Elsie and George [...] and Petey and Dulcie and Gabriel but their pa Mass George is my Pa too only he did have me with a lady friend he was keeping one time over at Morningside. But she did have other children from before I born and Me Ma did take me from I small and raise me up in her house.‘Ballad’|
|Yardie 23: So what happ’n to the baby father?|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com 🌐 babydaddy Definition: a male who fathers a young child but is not married to the mother. Example: I gonna have to send my babydaddy to court for child support.|
|Westsiders 56: White America doesn’t yet have an equivalent of this simple piece of kinship terminology, baby momma, baby poppa.|
|Indep. Rev. 8 Mar. 7: Perhaps the ‘baby father’ role adopted by some Afro-Caribbean men seems to strike the right balance.|
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry 🌐 baby daddy a male, often a boyfriend or an ex-boyfriend. Most often means the father of, or someone who provides for, a female’s child.|
|1xtra [BBC radio] If your baby father doesn’t pay child support it’s almost impossible to look after your children.|
|‘Spill Site’ in ThugLit Sept./Oct. [ebook] [A]n endless course of scumbag baby daddies.|
|Inventions of the March Hare in Ricks (1996) 314: There was a jolly tinker came across the sea / With his four and twenty inches hanging to his knee / Chorus With his long-pronged hongpronged / Underhanded babyfetcher / Hanging to his knee.‘Fragments’|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 30: Mother-fucking baby-fetcher / Hanging to his knees.|
|Friends 81: My baby-fetcher was as hard and as long as a rake handle.|
|‘Betty Co-Ed’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 57: I’m going to unload about a barrell [sic] of baby fluid.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: baby gravy euph. Semen; smegma. Also baby bouillon.|
|Get Your Cock Out 83: He didn’t mind as long as the slags didn’t throw up when the baby gravy slimed their epiglottis.|
|FunnyDaze.co.uk 🌐 The first wad of population paste erupted from my volcanic cock and shot across the room. [...] More baby gravy spewed out, again missing my wank sock and covering my clean bed sheets.‘Bad Wank Day’ on|
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|Snowdrops from a Curate’s Garden 33: In vain I lubricated the threshold of the sanctuary with my young and semi-liquid baby-juice.|
|Same Old Grind 159: ’But in any case, it’s the old prod with the baby juice that makes the difference’.|
(US) a politician.
|Columbia College 1908 Class Book n.p.: In order that during the lull between elections he may not lose his art as a baby-kisser, we give him this rag doll, upon which to practise.|
|Amer. Pol. Sci. Rev. 14 322: It is hard to see how the popular spell-binder, hand-shaker, back-slapper or baby-kisser would get to Moscow as frequently as he gets to Washington.|
|Vanity Fair 37:4 9: You select the plumber, the Brother Elk, the glad-hander, the Methodist, the baby-kisser, and the froth-blower.|
|Breasd upon the Waters (1987) 24: There one heard frequent uncomplimentary allusions to Governor Rolph, ‘rosy-cheeked baby kisser,’ who obviously was no friend of the poor.|
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Life 13 Nov. 30/2: An opponent who is an old-fashioned political baby-kisser.|
|Life in My Hands 343: My Democratic sponsors were still full of glorious plans for my future as a baby-kisser, hand-shaker, chicken-muncher and statesman.|
|Woodrow Wilson 57: He was not by nature a ‘handshaker,’ or a ‘baby-kisser’.|
|Sam Hook 135: I was always a pretty good politician, and that kept me in office, but now this here job was asking me to be something more than a baby-kisser.|
|Italy 216: Berlusconi puts even the most skilful baby-kisser and flesh- presser to shame with his startling ability to woo the voters.|
|🌐 The presidential election of 1912, for example, was not [...] a personality contest between former president Theodore Roosevelt, baby-kisser and back slapper, and New Jersey Governor Woodrow Wilson, cool intellectual.History News Service|
|Blue Like Jazz 96: [of a clergyman] I was a smiler, a hand-shaker, a baby-kisser, a speech- giver. [...] I used clichés like a bad novelist.|
1. (also lady-maker) the penis.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 32: He came to America / To fiddle, fuck and dance / With his long, lean liver, kidney-wash and baby-maker / Hanging to his knees!|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 254: There was an old lady at the age of sixty-three. / She said, ‘Please, sonny, won’t you stick it into me, / With your long-tailed Studebaker, asshole-belly-shaker, / Hi-ho lady-maker hangin’ to your knee.’.|
2. the vagina.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
3. a sexually powerful man.
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 107: This is Pimping Sam, the world’s wonder, / long-dick buck-bender, all-night grinder, womb-finder, / sheet-shaker, baby-maker, and money-taker.|
|Die Nigger Die! 29: Man, you must don’t know who I am. / I’m sweet peeter jeeter the womb beater / The baby maker the cradle shaker / The deerslayer the buckbinder the women finder.|
4. (S.Afr. gay) a heterosexual.
|Queens’ Vernacular 190: heterosexual [...] BM (Cape Town gay sl, fr baby maker or bloody man).|
(orig. UK black) a girlfriend, spec. the woman who has one’s baby but with whom one may not actually live.
|Harder They Come 299: Army shoot ’im baby maddah.|
|London Fields 171: ‘Babymamma.’ You see, that was the bird they had babies with, or at least gave babies to.|
|Dread Culture 117: Chuckie’s babymadda – she tell di police all sort of lies pon me.|
|Westsiders 56: The only cool female right now on my team is my baby momma.|
|Wire ser. 2 ep. 3 [TV script] Man need to see his baby-mama. Need to see his child too.‘Hot Shots’|
|Guardian G2 20 Sept. 16: He and his babymother die together ’cause they shot up his car.|
|Dirty South 67: Red Eyes was buried six days later [...] All five of his baby mothers were there.|
|Pain Killers 376: The clientele’s all baby mamas and families visiting the prison.|
|Running the Books 7: Demands to make illicit calls [...] to ‘my man on the outs’, to mommas and babymommas.|
|Alphaville (2011) 237: You can’t let the [...] baby mamas and the strung-out junkies get to you.|
|Corruption Officer [ebook] Ch. 20: The letter [...] is from my baby momma and at that moment things just got worse. It was a court order to pay child support.|
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] Laughing with his workers about the whole incident with KG and his baby moms.|
|OG Dad 15: Forgive me, I’m not going to say Baby Mama; it reminds me of pinstriped, barely post-pube Hollyqwood agents who greet each other with ‘Whassup, dawg?’.|
|🎵 And your baby mother, she’s in here / She’s telling my niggas she models, yo.‘Anytime I Want’|
|What They Was 68: Tying up mandem’s babymums and raping them n all sorts.|
(US gay) semen.
|Gay Sl. Dict. 🌐 baby paste: semen.|
|‘Marry Had a Pair of Drawers’ Bawdy N.Y. State MS. n.p.: And that awful load of baby plaster, / Was put up there to stay.|
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the penis, esp. when large.
|[||How to Talk Dirty 1: Colored men are built abnormally large (‘Their wangs look like a baby’s arm with an apple in its fist.’)].|
|rec.sport.basketball.college 14 June 🌐 The guy is renowned throughout New Mexico city and the state for his enormus slong [sic] and the spaffing potential of his long john sliver [sic] [...] It was like a baby's arm holding an apple.|
|Guardian G2 24 June 2: I’d just seen the baby’s arm hanging between his legs.|
steak and kidney pudding; a suet dumpling.
|🎵 I wolfed the soup and ‘baby’s head’.[perf. Harry Freeman] ‘Four-p'ny-a'p'ny Banquet’|
|Nottingham Eve. Post 22 Sept. 3/4: His young lady friend [...] delights in a beefsteak pudding. This, from its size and roundness, she calls a ‘baby’s head’.|
|Stiffs 99: Cawfee, baby’s head small, boiled, no veg, two thick ’uns.|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 13: Baby’s Head: Meat Pudding. Suggested by its round, smooth appearance.|
|Bath Chron. 4 Aug. 25/6: A waitress contributed: [...] ‘baby’s head and a buster,’ steak and kidney pudding and mashed potatoes.|
|Yorks. Post 3 May 4/5: Canteen slang [...] from the Army & RAF [...] baby’s head — steak and kidney pudding.|
|Sea Slang 23: Baby’s head. A meat pudding (Lower deck) It is round and bald.|
|(ref. to c.1930) letter in Guardian 19 May 27/3: In London’s docklands between the wars, a standard cafe order was ‘baby’s head twice.’ The first course was a lump of suet with gravy, the second a lump of suet with custard.|
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(US campus) an apple dumpling.
|DN II:i 21: baby-skull, n. Apple dumpling.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
meat loaf, jam-roly-poly.
|Reported Safe Arrival in DSUE (1984) .|
|DSUE (8th edn) 35/2: late C.19–20.|
(US) an obstetrician.
|Arrowsmith 127: He was going to be an obstetrician—or, as the medical students called it technically, a ‘baby-snatcher’.|
of either sex, marrying or having an affair with someone much younger than oneself; thus baby-snatcher, one who marries a noticeably younger partner.
|in Contemp. Eng.|
|Maledicta III:2 221: No gay, not even my expert who described himself as frankly a baby-snatching, cradle-robbing DOM (dirty old man) would use or necessarily know all these words.|
(US black) ‘the locations or towns where the girls look fine from a young age on’ (Durst, The Jives of Dr Hepcat, 1953).
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 9: Honey, my ticker jumps off time whenever you cruise on deck, because your togs naturally climbs your frame, and your map is the road of paradise. Exqueeze me but what baby chick farm are you from?|
the clitoris; thus kiss the baby in the boat, to perform cunnilingus.
(US) an illegitimate child.
|Blinky 220: Baby in the bushes [...] Child in the bushes [DARE].|
(bingo) the number two.
|www.ildado.com 🌐 Bingo Nicknames [...] 2... Baby’s done it.|
the female breasts.
|Referee 5 Oct. in (1909) 13/2: Among them is a six-year-old baby that is suckled at the breast when it asks for baby’s public house [...] Fact!|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
(US gay) to remove one’s trousers in order to expose one’s erect penis.
to experience fright, shock or fury.
|Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 113: O.K., O.K., don’t have a baby. I’m coming.|
|Howard Street 139: My square brother’ll [...] have a baby if he saw y’all here gettin’ high.|
|Digger’s Game (1981) 80: They go extra innings I’m gonna have a baby or something.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 537: [...] since ca. 1938.|
|Neddy (1998) 206: Tex nearly had a baby when he found out what I was up to.|
to be left to clear up a problem, to take an unpleasant responsibility.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 18 Aug. 43/2: Then I began to realise that Lord would have to carry the baby. He has signed the report, and although my beautiful, bold handwriting proved conclusively that I had written it, I argued that I was no more to blame than the pen with which I had done it.|
|Send for Paul Temple (1992) 118: Don’t you realize you’re holding the baby?|
|TheStreet.com 2 Oct. 🌐 Mobilcom is nearing bankruptcy after France Telecom, which holds 28.5% of its equity, decided to withhold further financing, leaving the German government holding the baby.|
a phr. used to describe an extra-large penis.
|‘How to relax your colored friends at parties’ [stand-up] I always heard that you guys, well, I heard you really got a big wang-on, like a baby’s arm with an apple in its fist. Could I see it? Aw, c’mon – let’s whip out that roll of tarpaper and see whatcha got there, Chonga.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 683: C.20.|
|Insults.net 🌐 Insulting, rude & funny expressions: Penis. He’s got a Dick like a baby’s arm holding an orange.|
|🌐 Girls describe sh*t, they’ll say ‘man he had a penis like a baby’s arm holding an apple!’.JonStewart.net|
|🌐 The male part of another of the bouncers is described as being like ‘a baby’s arm with an orange in its hand’.‘Fringe Reviews’ Winnipeg.cbc.ca 26 Jul.|
|Coops’s Jokes p.388 🌐 The man pulls down his pants to reveal the biggest dick this woman has ever seen. I mean it’s a monster... it looks like a baby’s arm with an apple in its fist.|
(UK gambling) to encourage a naive gambler to lose by faked betting.
|Satirist (London) 20 Nov. 262/2: [T]he landlord and other men, who are privy to the robbery, and ‘pitch the baby card’ (encourage the loser by sham betting) .|
to claim a man as one’s child’s father, even though he is not.
|Young Unwed Fathers 89: She said she had a young girl that was trying to put a baby on her son, so she said she fixing to take the baby and see what blood type the baby is.|
|🌐 When I told my man I was gonna have a baby he scratched his head, ‘Whhhh-What’ like he was all surprised and didn’t know how it jumped off. He clowned on me, told me that I was ‘straight up ill’. I was no longer a sugar voiced honey but a cracked voice pigeon trying to put a baby on him.A Psycho, Snappy, Nasty, Dime-A-Dozen Chicken|
this is useless, this is pointless.
|DSUE (8th edn) 1222: [...] C.20.|