Antonyms for babied

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Had she dared, she would have babied Martin to an even greater extent than she did.

We babied him abominably—he was, for two years, the only subject we had for such malpractice.

Why I'm just beginning to feel like myself; I see how it is, I've been petted and babied too long.

When his feet got well—I had toadied and babied him so—he was plum ruined.

Harriet insisted that she did not wish to be "babied," but, the guardian was firm.

It's nonsense for a great hot-blooded clown, like me to be babied with a fire.

Then he added, as he put a live coal in the pipe: "I s'pose you went an' babied him an' spoiled it all."

Mike dearly loved cauliflowers, and babied ours as a flower gardener babies his hybrid tea roses.

Mrs.Robinson had always been babied by the girls, and that she was very nervous her whole family knew too well.

I hoped that somehow we wouldn't have to spend that Martian anniversary being congratulated and petted and babied.


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.