Five ways adults address each other as "Baby"; see where you fit in

The Word Baby Is Used Everyday

Have you ever called someone "Baby" that was not a baby?

Your friend, girlfriend, boyfriend or spouse may have addressed you as “baby.” Baby is used as a term of endearment, and can be used in many different circumstances. The many ways we use baby is interesting, to say the least. Baby is a word used on a daily basis. Songs are made using the word baby. James Brown sang, "I Got The Feelin'," and emphasized the word baby in the song. When the term baby is used other than addressing a newborn, some people raise their eyebrows, while others gladly accept this everyday term. Have you ever addressed anyone as baby; why and how? Let’s dive into the discussion, and find out more about this fascinating term of endearment.

1. Man Solicits Woman. Often you will hear men say, “Hey baby, what is your name.” The male is usually flirting with the woman trying to get her attention by calling her baby. Now we know that the lady is no baby in reality – it is a means of communicating with the lady. I have heard women protest to being addressed as baby; a common response amongst younger women would be – “I’m not your baby, so don’t call me that.” The girl, in essence, is saying, I am not interested, and go away.

James Brown - I Got The Feelin made #1 on the R&B Charts in 1968 - "Baby, Baby, Baby"
James Brown - I Got The Feelin made #1 on the R&B Charts in 1968 - "Baby, Baby, Baby" | Source

2. Spouse Addresses Spouse. Has your husband or wife ever said, “Come here baby,” or “Baby you know I love you?” Both these sayings are meant to sound sweet and sentimental. The term baby here refers to someone who belongs to you; someone who needs care and affection, and gives love and affection. Use baby to bring excitement into your relationship or to calm things down.

3. Famous People Address Each Other. Whoopi Goldberg addresses her Co-hosts on ABC show, The View, quite often, using the term baby. The panel on the The View is all women. If my memory serves me correctly, Whoopi addresses most everyone she communicates with as baby. She uses baby very distinctly; and in her case baby is not necessarily meant to be endearing. Whoopi expresses baby as an ending, or finale, to the person she is speaking to. Instead of saying the person’s name, baby is used – for example, “No, baby.”

4. Girlfriends Say “Baby”; Male Friends say “Dog.” I have heard girlfriends address each other as baby - out of affection. Girlfriends have strong bonds, and some will use the term baby, while others will never use the term baby. Most men will not use the term baby to their male friend; they use the term dog. Randy Jackson, on American Idol uses the term, “Dog” quite often as a judge of the show. In most cases, Randy is showing accepting or positive feelings to the men and women he addresses as dog.

5. Baby Is Used As An Introduction - Salutation. It is used at the beginning of a question, “Baby, today want to…………? Baby is also used as a closing salutation - “Talk to you later, Baby.” Baby is used as a lead into something, it breaks the ice, and it draws attention to the topic at hand.

Godfather of Soul Used "Baby"

James Brown, the deceased, Godfather of Soul, sang a song using the word baby titled, I Got the Feelin’. In this song, he uses the word and phrase “baby,” “baby,” “baby, baby, baby,” 32 times. Depending on the mood and crowd he could very well use the word “baby” fifty times or more before the song was done. James Brown sang with such emotion and feeling, that every time he hit the note saying “baby,” you felt it hit you all over. Listen to the video and you will understand what I am talking about. In the song, I Got the Feelin’, he was referring to a female, perhaps, someone he loved, and when you love someone, you feel it all over down to your bones. Even as James Brown moved across the floor, he was demonstrating the feeling he had on the inside about his baby.

Finally. Baby is a word that you decide how to express. Use the term to fit the occasion and never to offend. You could strike a nerve or you could lift a spirit. How do you use “Baby?”

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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello kipronor, thanks for stopping by. Welcome to HubPages.


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kipronor 5 years ago from Nairobi

Hmmmm, good one there. See you later baby....this is an eye opener


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hey there ahostagesituation, you indeed have your own style. Your uniqueness and style is very refreshing. Thanks for sharing the meaning of "mija."

Glad you find this a fun read!


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ahostagesituation 5 years ago

Haha! Number 2 probably fits me, I say "baby," in the sense of endearment and someone belonging to you, all the time. I do think everyone in my life belongs to me :-). Actually, I think most of the language I use is possessive...I tend to call girlfriends, "mija" which literally translates, "my daughter." But baby, I love "baby!" Thanks! Fun read.


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Brinafr3sh, I do address my hubby as "Honey" also - I use "Baby" too. You have added much to the discussion. We all have our opinions of the expression Baby.

I was also thinking about athletes - I know I have heard them call each other Baby on the b-ball court; the b-ball field, and elsewhere.

Justin Beiber sings a song that has the words "baby, baby, baby ooohhh - in it!

Anyway, I am glad you dropped by like you always do, thanks!!!


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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

Thanks Treasuresofheaven, nice article. No offense to the word "Baby," but I only use that term when referring to my daughters. I asked my husband years ago to refer to me as "Honey" instead of "Baby." I called him "Honey" also. But for some reason, I like mostly all songs that use the term "Baby", guess I think their singing to me.(Voted up and funny)


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hey there Chatkath, you see what I am talking about - your son uses the man's word Dog/Dawg. I appreciate your comments - I wanted to do something different!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

I love this TOH and what a great idea for a hub, why my son calls all his friends "Dog" or "Dawg" is beyond me but they all do it...I can't imagine him referring to anyone but an infant as a "baby" and who can forget the Godfather...Good Job !!!


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Marcella Glenn, I like the way you describe "Baby." Very nice comment. Thanks for always stoppying by my hubs, I value your thoughts!


Marcella Glenn 5 years ago from PA

Baby is a playful yet affectionate word.


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello Lady_E, you said it well......cute to use...informally.

Thanks for insight!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting. "Baby" is quite cute to use.... informally.


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Powerpoe1, you're on top of this discussion. I so appreciate your comments - you said a mouthful in a few words. Glad you like this topic!


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Powerpoe1 5 years ago

So True!Interesting hub and great topic~

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