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bottle baby

an infant fed by bottle from birth, as distinguished from one who is breast-fed.
Origin of bottle baby
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • This is the filler fidgeted for by Juno before she weaned Hercules—who was no bottle-baby—and fed to him afterward.

    The Roycroft Dictionary Elbert Hubbard
  • I was leadin' in prayer when Elder Bliss was a bottle-baby, at least he looks it if ever I see one.

    Mrs. Tree's Will Laura E. Richards
Slang definitions & phrases for bottle-baby

bottle baby

noun phrase

A derelict alcoholic; Skid Row Bum

[1920s+ Police; fr the term for an infant fed with a bottle]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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