Dictionary: BABY – BABZ

• BABY
adj. 1891 Amer. colloq. – small
int. 1923 US sl. – wow! man!
n. 1. 1377 – an infant; a young child of either sex; formerly synonymous with ‘child’
n. 2. 1539 often derogatory – an immature, foolish or childish person
n. 3. 1552 obs. – a doll, a puppet
n. 4. 1684 colloq. – a lover; also a spouse; a term of endearment, a darling, a sweetheart or girlfriend; orig. only applied to women 
n. 5. 1835 US sl. – a term of address used between men
n. 6. 1839 – an attractive young woman
n. 7. 1853 – a bottle or glass of liquor
n. 8. 1854 – the youngest person in a family, group of people, etc.; also, the most junior member of a team or other group
n. 9. 1859 – a tiny or diminutive animal or thing; a small version of something generally larger
n. 10. 1861 sl. – a fellow; a man; a ‘customer’
n. 11. 1880 sl., chiefly N. Amer. usage – a person; a young woman; a girlfriend; a sweetheart; often used as a term of address
n. 12. 1880 sl., chiefly US usage – a term of endearment
n. 13. 1890 – a person’s invention, achievement, or concern; one’s special interest or responsibility
n. 14. 1891 US sl. – a prostitute’s lover, or ‘fancy man’
n. 15. 1898 Amer. sl. – a thing of excellence
n. 16. 19C sl. – in cards: the jack
n.17. M19 sl. – a small or half-sized bottle, whether of spirits or a non-alcoholic drink; orig. soda water
n. 18. 1907 Amer. sl. – an item, a thing, esp. if large or formidable; often applied to weapons and motor vehicles
n. 19. 1930s US sl. – a glass of milk
n. 20. 1935 US Military Academy usage – mustard
n. 21. 1939 Amer. sl. – a mean or intimidating man; a tough guy
n. 22. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – something beautiful or attractive
n. 23. 1946 Amer. dial. – a cougar
n. 24. 1954 US sl. – a young, inexperienced male homosexual
n. 25. 1954 US prison sl. – a ball and chain 
n. 26. 1957 US sl. – a prostitute’s customer
n. 27. 1960 US drugs sl. – marijuana 
n. 28. 1960s US homosexual sl. – an underage or teenage boy 
n. 29. 1976 US sl. – in horse racing: a two-year-old horse
n. 30. 1979 US sl. – in poker: a 2, 3, 4, or 5
n. 31. 1980 US sl. – a wrestler who adopts a heroic persona in professional matches; a wrestler or other participant designed to be an audience favourite
n. 32. Bk1988 Aust. sl. – a coward
n. 33. Bk1992 drug addicts’ usage – a new drug user
n. 34. 1994 US drugs sl. – crack cocaine 
n. 35. 1994 US sl. – in the film industry: a screenplay
n. 36. 1995 US sl. – a young performer new to the pornography industry who looks even younger than he or she is
n. 37. 20C Amer. students’ sl. – a popular girl 
n. 38. 2011 Black British usage – a very young gangster
 
• BABY 007
n. 1991 US sl. – in the Vietnam war: an investigative agent from the Army Criminal Investigation Division, most likely working undercover to identify drug users
 
• BABY AND NURSE
n. M19 sl. – a small bottle of soda water with twopenny worth of spirits
 
• BABY-ASS
adj. 1990s African-American sl. – childish 
n. 2003 US teen sl. – ( as ‘baby ass’) someone who is babyish 
 
• BABY BATTER
n. 1997 US sl. – semen
 
• BABY BATTERER
n. 1972 – one who inflicts harmful physical abuse on an infant or small child, usually a parent
 
• BABY BEAR
n. Bk1988 US sl. – a police trainee; a rookie patrolman or patrol woman
 
• BABY BENZ
n. 1989 African-American sl. – the Mercedes Benz model 190E, which is small and sporty  
 
• BABY BHANG
n. 1979 US sl. – marijuana
 
• BABY BIO
n. 2006 sl. – a heterosexual man or woman who is experimenting with bisexuality
 
• BABY BLIMP
n. Bk1944 services’ usage – a jolly fat girl 
 
• BABY BLUE
n. 2002 US sl. – a tablet of Viagra, an erection-inducing drug taken recreationally for performance enhancement
 
• BABY BLUES
n. 1. 1910s sl., orig. US – human eyes, irrespective of their actual colour
n. 2. 1950s US sl. – a policeman
n. 3. 1957 US colloq. – blue eyes
n. 4. 1979 UK colloq. – post-natal depression
n. 5. 2003 US drug culture sl. – capsules of the synthetic opiate oxycodone used recreationally
 
• BABY BONUS
n. 1945 Can. sl. – the family allowance payment
 
• BABY BOOMER
n. 1. 1974 US sl. – a person born roughly between 1945 and 1955
n. 2. Bk1999 baseball usage – in baseball: a nickname for a strong, young power hitter of the mid-1980s
 
• BABY-BOT
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – the ladybird
 
• BABY BOUILLON
n. 1990s sl. – semen
 
• BABY-BOUND
adj. E20 US sl. – pregnant
 
• BABY BUGGY
n. 1. 1896 Amer. dial. – a baby carriage
n. 2. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a wheelbarrow
n. 3. 1970s US homosexual sl. – a convertible sports car
n. 4. 1981 Brit. Citizens’ band radio sl. – a Mini Metro car
n. 5. 1992 US sl. – a convertible Volkswagen Beetle
 
• BABY BUMPER
n. 1992 US sl. – a child molester
 
• BABY BUMPERS
n. 1968 Amer. dial. – a woman’s breasts
 
• BABY-BUNTING
n. 1. Bk1891 – a term of endearment
n. 2. Bk1945 sl. – a baby
 
• BABY BURGLAR
n. 1996 Brit. sl. – a young thief
 
• BABY BUSTER
n. 1983 – a person born during a baby bust (a period of marked decrease in the birth rate; spec. (esp. in the US) the years c1965-75, following the post-war baby boom
 
• BABY BUTCH
n. 1960s US homosexual sl. – a young, boyish lesbian
 
• BABY BUTTON
n. 1968 Amer. dial. – the navel
 
• BABY CAB
n. 1901 Amer. dial. – a baby carriage
 
• BABYCAKES
n. 1. 1949 – a term of endearment or affectionate form of address; darling, sweetheart, dear
n. 2. 1969 US sl. – a pretty young woman, or a handsome young man
 
• THE BABY CARRIAGE
n. Bk1944 services’ sl. – machine gun cart
 
• BABY CARRIER
n. 1853 – a person employed to carry or transport a baby; later, a woman who carries a child in the womb
 
• BABY CART
n. 1940 Amer. dial. – a baby carriage
 
• BABY CATCHER
n. 1. 1937 Amer. dial. – a midwife
n. 2. 1965 Amer. dial. – a doctor, an obstetrician
 
• BABY CHICK FARM
n. 1950s African-American sl. – the locations or towns where the girls look fine from a young age on’ 
 
• BABY-CHILD
n. 1. 1927 Amer. dial. – a baby
n. 2. 1970s African-American sl. – a younger, less respected or less experienced person
n. 3. 1970s African-American sl. – an immature person
n. 4. 1980 Amer. dial. – the youngest child in the family, even if he or she is 50 years old
 
• BABY CHUTE
n. 1990s sl. – the vagina
 
• BABY-CLOUTS
n. 1899 Amer. dial. – the clothes used for swaddling babies
 
• BABY COACH
n. 1896 Amer. dial. – a baby carriage
 
• BABY CREW
n. 1980s sl. – the junior member of a hooligan gang
 
• BABY CROCKETT
n. 1. 1970s homosexual sl. – a fake cowboy
n. 2. Bk1972 homosexual sl.  – a nickname for a would-be woodsman
 
• BABY-DADDY
n. 1970s UK & African-American sl. – a boyfriend, esp. the father of one’s child, although not one’s legal husband
 
• BABY DISCOVERS!
int. 1972 US sl. – used as a melodramatic reaction to another’s surprise
 
• BABY-DOLL
n. 1. 1908 Amer. sl. – an attractive young woman; in direct address: darling, sweetheart
n. 2. 1920s sl. – a success
n. 3. 1955 US sl. – any central nervous system stimulant
n. 4. 1980s US homosexual sl. – an attractive male
n. 5. 20C an ingenuous girl or woman with pretty features like those of a doll
 
• BABY DOLLS
n. 1. 1940s US sl. – a style of high-heeled women’s shoes
n. 2. 1957 UK colloq. – pyjamas for girls consisting of a baggy top and a short trouser bottom
 
• BABYDOM
n. 1864 rare – babyhood; infancy
 
• BABY-DREADS
n. 1990s African-American sl. – a short version of the braided hair worn by Rastafarians
 
• BABY DYKE
n. 1970s US homosexual sl. – a young, inexperienced lesbian
 
• BABY EAGLE
n. Bk1934 college sl. – a mediocre person
 
• BABY ELEPHANT
n. 1914 Amer. sl. – a fat, awkward, or clumsy person
 
• BABY-FACE
n. 1. 1726 – a person with a smooth rounded face like a baby’s 
n. 2. 1958 US sl. – in professional wrestling: the wrestler designed by the promoters to be the audience favourite in a match
n. 3. 1999 US sl. – any figure in the professional wrestling industry designed to be cheered or liked by the fans
n. 4. 2002 Jamaica – an attractive young woman
 
• BABY FACTORY
n. 1990s African-American sl. – a woman who has had a large number of children
 
• BABY FARMER
n. 1. Bk1885 – a woman who receives infants, generally illegitimate, from their parents, on the pretext of bringing them up, the object being to have the child removed from sight to conceal the shame
n. 2. 1979 sl. – an older person, usually a woman, who prefers affairs with people much younger than themselves
 
• BABY-FARMING
n. 1867 derogatory – the lodging and care of babies for payment
 
• BABY-FATHER
n. 1. 1932 orig. Caribbean – the father of a woman’s child, who is not her husband or (in most cases) her current or exclusive partner
n. 2. Bk2002 criminals’ sl. – a pimp, usually Black
 
• BABY FEMME
adj. 1995 US sl. – of a fashion style: suggesting both youthful innocence and sexual abandon
 
• BABY-FETCHER
n. 1910s sl. – the penis
 
• BABY FINGERS!
int. 1950 Amer. dial. – a call used in playing marbles to stop another player from doing something, or to get the right to do something
 
• BABY FLUID
n. 1930s sl. – semen
 
• BABY FOOD
n. 1. 1941 US military sl. – cereal
n. 2. 1972 US sl. – semen
 
• BABY FUCKER
n. 1985 US sl. – a child molester
 
• BABYFY
vb. M19 – to make baby-like or babyish
 
• BABY GANGSTER
n. 1. 1989 US sl. – a young member of a youth gang
n. 2. 2000s African-American & teen sl. – a gang member who has yet to commit a murder
 
• BABY GIANT
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a medium-sized firecracker

• BABY GIRAFFE
n. 2000 UK rhyming sl. – half (‘alf) a pint of beer
 
• BABY GRAND
n. 1963 US sl. – $500
 
• BABY GRAVY
n. 1990s sl. – semen
 
• BABY GUN
n. 1970 US sl. – a short, bullet-shaped surf board designed for big-wave conditions
 
• BABY HABIT
n. 1992 US drug culture sl. – the irregular, unaddicted use of a drug
 
• BABY-HERDER
n. c1888 Amer. sl. – a nursemaid
 
• BABY HERO
n. 1991 US sl. – in the Vietnam war: a brave soldier
 
• BABY HOUSE
n. 1772 Amer. dial. – a doll’s house
 
• BABY HUEY
n. 1969 US Military sl. – a Bell UH-1 helicopter
 
• BABY IN ARMS
n. 1848 – a very young child, not yet able to walk; a baby
 
• BABY IN THE BOAT
n. 1930s sl. – the clitoris
 
• BABY IN THE BUSHES
n. 1970 Amer. dial. – an illegitimate child
 
• BABY-IN-THE-HOLE
n. 1896 Amer. dial. – a children’s game in which marbles (or the like) are rolled into one or more holes dug in the ground
 
• THE BABY IS BORN
phr. M19 sl. – there is enough money to buy a bottle
 
• BABY JANE
n. 1990s US sl. – a child or underage female prostitute
 
• BABY-JUICE
n. 19C Brit. sl. – semen
 
• BABYKINS
n. M20 – a baby; a term of endearment for a baby
 
• BABY KISSER
n. 1. Bk1892 Amer. sl. – a toady
n. 2. 1908 sl. – a person campaigning for votes in his quest for elected political office; a politician who seeks to please the public by showing exaggerated interest in it
 
• BABY LIFE
n. 1. 1950s US prison sl. – the maximum sentence that prisoners must serve (6 years, 4 months) before a parole board is bound to consider their case for the first time
n. 2. 2002 US sl. – a prison sentence of at least ten years
 
• BABY-LIFTER
n. 1931 Amer. dial. – among railroad workers: a brakeman on a passenger train
 
• BABYLON
n. 1. 1634 – any great and luxurious city
n. 2. M19 UK sl. – the hedonistic, exciting world of the city, as opposed to the quietness of the countryside; specifically, London
n. 3. 1940s sl., orig. W. Indies, then UK & African-American – the police; a prison warder
n. 4. 1943 Black sl., chiefly Jamaican – anything which represents the degenerate or oppressive state of White culture, esp. the police or a policeman, (White) society or the Establishment; used contemptuously or dismissively
n. 5. 1970s sl. – anyone perceived as putting material gains before spiritual ones
n. 6. 1972 US sl. – the United States
n. 7. 1980s sl. – anywhere that attractive women are supposed to congregate or, mythically, are supposed to have their origin; pronounced ‘Babe-y-lon’
n. 8. Bk2007 UK sl. – racist White society, Britain
vb. 1633 obs. – to place or establish in a magnificent abode

• THE BABYLON
n. Bk2007 UK sl. – the police force when viewed as tokens of oppression or White racist authority
 
• BABYLON HOUSE
n. 2000s sl. – a police station
 
• BABYLONIAN
adj. 1821 – huge, gigantic, large
n. 1. 1603 obs., derogatory – a Roman Catholic
n. 2. 1677 – an astrologer
n. 3. 2004 US sl. – a White person
 
• BABYLONIC
adj. 1853 – huge, gigantic, large
 
• BABYLONICAL
adj. 1547 obs. – disorderly, tumultuous
 
• BABYLONISH
adj. 1663 – confused in language
 
• BABYLON-LAND
n. 1970s W. Indies – any country, typically a materialist Western state, seen by Rastafarians as corrupt and materialistic
 
• BABYLONS
n. 2001 UK sl. – the female breasts
 
• BABY-MAKER
n. 1. 19C sl. – the female genitals
n. 2. 19C sl. – the penis
n. 3. 1960s sl. – a sexually powerful man
n. 4. 1968 colloq. – a  person who bears or begets a child; a parent
n. 5. 1970s S. Afr. homosexual sl. – a heterosexual
 
• BABY-MAMA;  BABY MAMMA;  BABY MOMMA
n. 1986 colloq., orig. Caribbean – the mother of a man’s child, who is not his wife nor (in most cases) his current or excusive partner
 
• BABY-MINDER
n. 1856 – a person engaged to look after a baby or babies, esp. while their parents or guardians are at work
 
• BABY-MOMS
n. 2012 sl., orig. Caribbean – the mother of a man’s child, who is not his wife nor (in most cases) his current or exclusive partner
 
• BABY-MONITOR
n. 1914 – a person engaged to look after a baby or babies, esp. while their parents or guardians are at work
 
• BABY MOON
n. 1993 US sl. – in hot rodding: a small, chrome convex wheel cover
 
• BABY-MOTHER
n. 1. 1966 sl., orig. Caribbean – a girlfriend, specifically the woman who has one’s baby but with whom one may not actually live
n. 2. 1989 Jamaica – an unmarried mother
 
• BABY NEEDS A PAIR OF SHOES
int. 1918 US sl. – a traditional exclamation of crapshooters, suggesting that one has expenses to meet; used for summoning good luck while rolling the dice
 
• BABY-O
n. 1960s sl. – a term of address, usually to a woman
 
• BABYOLATRY
n. 1846 nonce word – child worship 
 
• BABY PAPS
n. M19 rhyming sl. – caps 
 
• BABY PASTE
n. 1970s US homosexual sl. – semen 
 
• BABY PILLOWS
n. 20C US colloq. – the breasts
 
• BABY POP
n. Bk1992 rap & street sl. – a young man
 
• BABY-POPPA
n. 1970s UK & African-American sl. – a boyfriend, esp. the father of one’s child, although not one’s legal husband
 
• BABY PRO
n. 1. 1961 US sl. – a very, very young prostitute, one under the age of legal consent
n. 2.1970s US sl. – the profession of child prostitution
 
• BABY RACE
n. 1976 US sl. – in horse racing: a relatively short race for two-year-old horses
 
• BABY RAPE
n. 1975 Amer. sl. – statutory rape
 
• BABY-RAPER
n. 1. 1950s US sl. – a man who commits statutory rape
n. 2. 1961 US sl., esp. prison usage – a person who commits statutory rape
n. 3. 1961 US sl., esp. prison usage, derogatory – a term of abuse; a despicable man
n. 4. Bk2006 Amer. prison sl. – an older convict who has committed a sexual offense against a minor or whose crime is unknown
 
• BABY-RAPING
adj. 1950s US sl. – of a person: despicable, disgusting
 
• BABY RIP
n. 1990 US sl. – a small current travelling seaward from shore
 
• BABY-SAN
n. 1. 1954 US military sl. – an East Asian or East Indian baby or child; an East Asian young woman; esp. used in direct address
n. 2. 1990 US military sl. – a virgin
n. 3. 1990 US sl. – an inexperienced, untested soldier
 
• BABY’S ARM
n. 1960s sl. – the penis, esp. when large
 
• BABY’S BREATH
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – a kind of cloud formation, puffy fog-like clouds
 
• BABY SCRATCH
n. 2002 US sl. – the most basic technique of manipulating a vinyl record to create new music
 
• BABY’S CRIES
n. 1920s rhyming sl. – the eyes
 
• BABY’S DONE IT
n. 1940s sl. – in bingo: the number 2
 
• BABY’S GOT BACK
phr. 1990s African-American teen sl. – used to remark favourably on a woman’s posterior
 
• BABY’S HEAD
n. 1905 sl. – a steak (and kidney) pudding
 
• BABY SHIT
n. 1973 US military sl. – mustard
 
• BABYSISTER
n. Bk1992 police sl. – a bodyguard, often for a witness under police protection
 
• BABYSIT
vb. 1. 1968 drugs sl. – to take care of someone either under the influence of a drug (esp. LSD) or, more often, recovering from an unpleasant, drug-induced experience
vb. 2. 1976 Amer. sl. – to monitor the workings of a machine, esp. in circumstances where a malfunction is thought unlikely
vb. 3. 1977 Amer. sl. – to oversee the progress or development of
vb. 4. 1984 Amer. sl. – to act as a mentor or protector for newly arrived prisoners
vb. 5. 1990 Amer. sl. – to date someone who is substantially younger than you 
 
• BABYSITTER
n. 1. 1937 orig. US – someone who looks after a child while its parents are out, esp. in the evening
n. 2. 1965 US sl. – in a fleet: a destroyer accompanying an aircraft carrier
n. 3. 1980s US drug culture sl. – someone who hides drugs temporarily during importation from one country or area to another
n. 4. 1982 drug culture sl. – a person who does not take hallucinogens, but acts as a ‘sober’ support for those who do
n. 5. 20C Can. sl. – a prison officer
n. 6. Bk2002 criminals’ sl. – a bodyguard, esp. of a witness, under police or federal protection
 
• BABY-SKULL
n. 1900s US college sl. – an apple dumpling
 
• BABY’S LEG
n. 1. L19 sl. – meat loaf
n. 2. L19 sl. – jam-roly-poly
n. 3. 1924 UK school & services’ usage – any food, sweet or savoury, that is presented as a pastry roll
 
• BABY SLIT
n. 2003 UK sl. – a tablet of MDMA
 
• BABY-SNATCHER
n. 1. 1857 – a person who abducts a very young child
n. 2. 1911 sl. – a person who is sexually attracted to, has an amorous affair with, or marries a much younger person
n. 3. 1920 US railroad usage – a brakeman on a passenger train
n. 4. 1925 US sl. – an obstetrician
n. 5. 1927 UK sl. – an adult who is sexually attracted to children or adolescents
 
• BABY-SNATCHING
n. 1920s sl. – of either sex: marrying or having an affair with someone much younger than oneself
 
• BABY’S PAP
n. M19 rhyming sl. – a cap
 
• BABY SPLIT
n. 1949 Amer. sl. – in bowling: a 2-7 or 3-10 split
 
• BABY’S PRAM
n. 20C rhyming sl. – jam
 
• BABY’S PUBLIC-HOUSE
n. L19 sl. – the female breasts
 
• BABY STATE
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – Arizona
 
• BABY STEALER
n. 1937 UK sl. – a male or female lover of a much younger or very young person; an older person who prefers such relationships
 
• BABY STRAINER
n. 1998 UK sl. – a condom 
 
• BABY SWINGERS
n. Bk1986 sl. – couples who are participating in open spouse swapping for the first time
 
• BABY T
n. 1980s drug culture sl. – crack cocaine
 
• BABY-TENDER
n. 1845 – a person who takes care of an infant; a baby-minder
 
• BABY-TROUGH
n. 1953 Amer. dial. – a children’s cradle or playpen
 
• BABY UP
vb. 1942 Amer. sl. – in marbles: to place one’s shooting marble in a more favourable position
 
• BABY VAMP
n. 1. 1927 US college sl. – an attractive or popular female
n. 2. Bk1942 Amer. college sl. – a flirt
 
• BABY WAGON
n. 1853 Amer. dial. – a baby carriage
 
• BABY-WAKER
n. 1947 Amer. dial. – a firecracker
 
• BABY WOMAN
n. 1968 Amer. dial. – a midwife
 
• BABY WRANGLER
n. Bk1993 – in advertising and television: a person who coaches children to perform in commercials


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Updated: September 9, 2022