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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 teddy-bear is a fine child with perfect lungs, a benevolent smile, and an appetite.

    Lotus Buds Amy Carmichael
  • Here was maternity, parenthood, another breed than that of the teddy-bear's hot, pink nursery.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • "Nothing more ferocious inhabits these woods than a teddy-bear," laughed Jess Morse.

  • Suddenly she came out of one of the yards, clasping a teddy-bear and a whole family of dolls in her fat arms.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • Over the second teddy-bear they became friendly, over the third intimate.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • For suddenly the little girl threw the teddy-bear and all the six dolls into the puddle.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • This bear was a poor looking creature, which had once been an expensive bright-eyed teddy-bear made of brown plush.

    The Box-Car Children Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • He had his hat crumpled in one hand, and his teddy-bear in the other, and his face was alive with excitement.

    Dennison Grant Robert Stead
  • These suits were made of burlap, resembling in appearance the teddy-bear pajamas which little children wear.

  • My best to every one, and I sent the teddy-bear a bib from the proudest baby-shop on the avenue.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for teddy-bear

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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