Babe definition

bāb
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(informal) Sweetheart; dear. Used as a term of endearment.
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(slang) A young woman, especially one considered sexually attractive.
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The definition of a babe is an infant or young child, or someone who is innocent and has very little life experience, or it is a term of endearment which is similar to the word "sweetheart."

A 2 month old and a 2 year old are each an example of a babe.

A new waiter with no experience is an example of a babe.

Your husband can be an example of a babe; "Can you pick me up after work, babe?"

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(slang) A young woman, esp. an attractive one.
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An innocent or naive person.
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In slang, a babe is an attractive individual.

George Clooney is an example of someone who many people call a babe.

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A baby; infant.
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A naive, gullible, or helpless person.
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(literary or poetic) A baby or infant; a very young human or animal.

These events came to pass when he was but a babe.

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(slang) An attractive person, especially a young woman.

She's a real babe!

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A baby; an infant.
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Darling (term of endearment).

Hey, babe, how's about you and me getting together?

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
babe
Plural:
babes

Origin of babe

  • Middle English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English babe, perhaps a variant of earlier baban or representing Old English *baba (“boy, child”), from Proto-Germanic *babô, reduplicated variant of *ba-, *bō- (“father, brother, close male relation”), related to Old Frisian bobba (“child”), Swedish dialectal babbe (“little boy”), Old High German Babo (a male forename), see boy. Otherwise, origin obscure. Compare mama, dada, papa. Welsh baban (“baby”), believed by Skeat to be a mutated from maban diminutive of mab ("son"), is probably rather a borrowing from the English.

    From Wiktionary