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[tod-ler] /ˈtɒd lər/
a person who toddles, especially a young child learning to walk.
Origin of toddler
1785-95; toddle + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had been worse since his wife died, when the boy was still a toddler.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • A porter carried the big lunch-basket, and the little other mother led a toddler on each side, dodging the hurrying passengers.

    The Mintage Elbert Hubbard
  • Dalgard had known Sssuri since he was a toddler and the other a cub coming to see the wonders of dry land for the first time.

    Star Born Andre Norton
  • The boy looked down at the toddler beside him and then at the two little girls with weary contempt.

  • You see, my mother died a long while ago; I was just a toddler then; and my father married again.

    Left Tackle Thayer Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for toddler


a young child, usually one between the ages of one and two and a half
(modifier) designed or suitable for a toddler: toddler suits
Derived Forms
toddlerhood, noun
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Word Origin and History for toddler

1793, agent noun from toddle.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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