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teddy bear

a toy bear, especially a stuffed one.
Origin of teddy bear
1905-10, Americanism; after Theodore Roosevelt, called Teddy, who is said to have saved the life of a bear cub while hunting Unabridged
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  • The bear accordingly grew plush, diminutive, and migrated to the crib in the form of the teddy bear.
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  • Instinctively, her two-year-old tries to comfort her by offering his teddy bear to her.
  • Following, the screen flashes between the blurred image and the teddy bear.
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British Dictionary definitions for teddy bear

teddy bear

a stuffed toy bear made from soft or fluffy material Often shortened to teddy
Word Origin
C20: from Teddy, from Theodore, after Theodore Roosevelt, who was well known as a hunter of bears
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Word Origin and History for teddy bear

1906, named for U.S. president Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, a noted big-game hunter, whose conservationist fervor inspired a comic illustrated poem in the "New York Times" of Jan. 7, 1906, about two bears named Teddy, whose names were transferred to two bears presented to the Bronx Zoo that year. The name was picked up by toy dealers in 1907 for a line of "Roosevelt bears" imported from Germany. Meaning "big, lovable person" first attested 1957, from the song popularized by Elvis Presley.

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