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.

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

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

Etymologies

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

After Teddy, nickname of Theodore Roosevelt, who was depicted in a cartoon sparing the life of a bear cub.

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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.

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