One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A soft toy bear.
- ‘I looked at my sister, who was playing with my teddy bear on the bed.’
- ‘We all remember how important it was as a child to have a teddy bear or blanket to comfort us when we were scared or alone.’
- ‘We went and bought a teddy bear for my little brother and drove to the hospital to see him.’
- ‘Two years ago a giant teddy bear was swiped from its window display, just half an hour after being put on show.’
- ‘She found it easily, an old teddy bear that she had used to soothe her to sleep every night when her parents fought.’
- ‘The kitchen department organised a raffle for a teddy bear which raised another £69.’
- ‘She had a teddy bear thrown out as a child, then started hoarding soft toys.’
- ‘All she did was sit in one corner of her room and stare into empty space while hugging her teddy bear.’
- ‘Year five and six children sold cakes and raised money through the guessing the name of the teddy bear and the number of marbles game.’
- ‘How could you not love the idea of giving a teddy bear to a saddened and scared child?’
- ‘Among his birthday presents, which are now up for grabs, is a huge teddy bear and a luxury picnic hamper.’
- ‘There will be a variety of stalls, including one to name a teddy bear.’
- ‘By a little after noon, David was awake and asking for his mom and Ben, his teddy bear.’
- ‘The white marble statue, which depicted a little girl holding a teddy bear, was taken in February last year.’
- ‘She opened his door, moving quietly as she stepped over a teddy bear on the floor.’
- ‘By the time they got to us the girl must have been feeling traumatised, because she asked if she could borrow a teddy bear for the night.’
- ‘Boom was just a teddy bear, a little worn around the ears, soft and agreeable to hold.’
- ‘John, who brought his teddy bear with him, did not publish his reminiscences until 1952.’
- ‘She nodded and sat down on my bed, picking up my stuffed teddy bear and hugging it.’
- ‘A TRAVELLING teddy bear named Phineas Fogg is racking up the air miles to support his village church.’
2A woman's all-in-one undergarment.
- ‘Flowing style signals the return of authentic, seductive daytime lingerie, with camisoles and teddies.’
- ‘This sheer black teddy features intricate embroidery on the front and back.’
- ‘She was wearing a micro-miniskirt (as usual), pulled over what looked like a mostly-lace teddy.’
- ‘And I haven't even started on the basques, teddies or suspenders.’
- ‘The most basic teddy has full panties and a top which resembles a camisole, often providing bust support for the breasts.’
- ‘When an ex-partner tried to buy some flippery for me, he became dizzy and nauseous when confronted by a sea of confusing tangas and teddies.’
- ‘In the line of plus size women's sexy lingerie you can get teddies to push you up and out in the places you need it and tuck and hide the places you don't want shown.’
- ‘Not a day to buy your wife a black teddy and a garter belt.’
- ‘When they returned to their home, they went to their bedroom and Geneva put on her teddy to go to sleep in while Nelson shaved.’
- ‘In another there is a room, lit coldly by far too many fluorescent tubes, where you can go to buy nightgowns, camisoles, teddies, housecoats and dusters.’
- ‘In addition to caressing her slim body like another layer of skin, the teddy is made of a warm rose-colored silk that brings out some much-needed extra color in her cheeks.’
- ‘And the material is so sheer and short it's obvious she's wearing nothing beneath the teddy.’
- ‘Slowly he untied the delicate pink bows holding her black teddy together.’
- ‘Her plum-colored dressing gown did little to conceal the teddy she wore underneath.’
- ‘Dressed in a sheer teddy, a very personable smile painted across her white face, she returns to the stage carrying a small basket.’
Early 20th century: from Teddy, pet form of the given name Theodore: in teddy (sense 1) alluding to Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore, an enthusiastic bear-hunter.
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