It was the sternest school of self-reliance, from babyhood to the grave, that human society is ever likely to witness.
She had been accustomed to it from her babyhood, and was as fearless as any of her brothers.
Miss Patricia was usually antagonistic to all male persons safely past their babyhood.
This region is new; so new that it may be said to be still in its babyhood.
The windmiller took more notice of him than he had been wont to do of his own children in their babyhood.
And this father of hers—that she had revered from babyhood—was a forger!
There were moving pictures of her; pictures of her in her babyhood, her girlhood, in old-fashioned costumes and poses.
Good-night, friend of my babyhood, my girlhood, my womanhood.
Ann had been the deus ex machina of the house since Christa's babyhood.
From the boy's babyhood the father had realized it with fear in his heart.
late 14c., babi, diminutive of baban (see babe + -y (3)). Meaning "childish adult person" is from c.1600. Meaning "youngest of a group" is from 1897. As a term of endearment for one's lover it is attested perhaps as early as 1839, certainly by 1901; its popularity perhaps boosted by baby vamp "a popular girl," student slang from c.1922. As an adjective, by 1750.
Baby food is from 1833. Baby blues for "blue eyes" recorded by 1892 (the phrase also was used for "postpartum depression" 1950s-60s). To empty the baby out with the bath (water) is first recorded 1909 in G.B. Shaw (cf. German das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten). Baby's breath (noted for sweet smell, which also was supposed to attract cats) as a type of flower is from 1897. French bébé (19c.) is from English.
"to treat like a baby," 1742, from baby (n.). Related: Babied; babying.
baby ba·by (bā'bē)
A very young child; an infant.