- a baby or child.
- an innocent or inexperienced person.
- (usually initial capital letter) Southern U.S. (used, often before the surname, as a familiar name for a boy or man, especially the youngest of a family.)
- Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.a girl or woman, especially an attractive one: Her roommate is a real babe!
- an attractive young man.
- (sometimes initial capital letter)an affectionate or familiar term of address (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., especially by a male to a female).
- babe in the woods, an innocent, unsuspecting person, especially one likely to be victimized by others: Some highly informed people are mere babes in the woods where the stock market is concerned.Also babe in the wood.
Origin of babe
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Examples from the Web for babes
There are parks filled with men pushing strollers and coffee shops where fathers meet their friends, babes in arms.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Bring one more nut to Washington who talks about hot Latino babes and all the rest of it.Thad Cochran Wins One for Sanity Over Tea Partier Chris McDaniel
June 25, 2014
They were often based on nursery rhymes, like The Death & Burial of Cock Robin or The Babes in the Wood.Dead and Beautiful: The Art of Taxidermy
April 16, 2014
When the sons of God came to earth, they came with one thing in mind: babes.The Backstory of ‘Noah’ Is Full of Giants, Horny Angels, and a Grieving God
March 28, 2014
The “babes in bikinis” include Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis, Ariel Meredith, Jessica Gomes, and Christie Brinkley.Michelle Obama Wore Carolina Herrera to State Dinner; 'Sports Illustrated' Models Make Flight Safety Sexy
The Fashion Beast Team
February 12, 2014
Devote, then, ye mothers of Israel, devote your babes to piety and God!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
The uncle of the babes in the wood could hardly have been more startled by the demand!Night and Morning, Complete
For the Greek word for babes is fools, which he opposes to the word wise men.The Praise of Folly
They are as simple as babes, and as little fitted to be landed in a strange country.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
But they were like babes to handle, for their manners were perfect.The Twins of Suffering Creek
- a baby
- informal a naive, gullible, or unsuspecting person (often in the phrase a babe in arms)
- informal a young woman or man perceived as being sexually attractive
Word Origin and History for babes
late 14c., short for baban (early 13c.), which probably is imitative of baby talk (cf. babble), however in many languages the cognate word means "old woman" (cf. Russian babushka "grandmother," from baba "peasant woman").
Crist crid in cradil, "moder, baba!" [John Audelay, c.1426]
Now mostly superseded by its diminutive form baby. Used figuratively for "a childish person" from 1520s. Meaning "attractive young woman" is 1915, college slang. Babe in the woods is from 1795.