Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A child's toy bear, usually stuffed with soft material and covered with furlike plush.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stuffed toy in the shape of a bear.
  • n. A lovable, endearing, large, strong, hairy, or sweet man

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. plaything consisting of a child's toy bear (usually plush and stuffed with soft materials)

Etymologies

After Teddy, nickname of Theodore Roosevelt, who was depicted in a cartoon sparing the life of a bear cub.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
It was Morris Michtom, the owner of a candy store in Brooklyn N.Y., that made the first “Teddy Bear” in the year 1902 in honor of then American President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt when as the story goes she had heard he’d refused to shoot a bear cub on one of his hunting trips. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Small though his teddy bear form was amid the big New Lemurians, they were too shaken to attempt force on him.

    Hokas Pokas

  • Nick examined the fan, then pushed two hatboxes and a moth-eaten teddy bear aside to find the cord.

    Holly

  • She had always seen him as a lovable, cuddly teddy bear — with his curly blond hair, button-bright blue eyes, square jaw and stocky physique.

    Mistress For A Weekend

  • Details of the anatomy can be spectacular in their sculptural intricacy: the male drinker, a summer moth of woodland rides which at first looks like a teddy bear with a handlebar moustache, wears its antennae branched into delicate combs, like the cow-catchers on old American steam locomotives.

    Wildwood

  • She had been wearing a sweatshirt that said A TEDDY BEAR IS FOREVER, and a pair of plush teddy bear earrings.

    Futures Imperfect

  • Alobar began postponing the cleaning of Einstein's office to the very end of his shift, but still the professor was there, 2: 00 A.M., slumped in his chair, looking like a musical teddy bear with its springs and stuffing flying out.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • She told him about the teddy bear that a candy-striper had given the blind boy.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • Like a child who clings to a teddy bear well into adolescence, or a lottery winner who repaints the old house, he would cling to the familiar and be slow to embrace what is new.

    THE NEW MARKET LEADERS

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