Definition of

Teddy Bear

  1. (noun, artifact) plaything consisting of a child's toy bear (usually plush and stuffed with soft materials)

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Teddy Bear


Alternate forms of Teddy Bear

Hypernyms: plaything, toy

Origin of the word Teddy Bear

  1. 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… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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