babe

[ beyb ]
/ beɪb /
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noun

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.)
Slang.
  1. Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.a girl or woman, especially an attractive one: Her roommate is a real babe!
  2. an attractive young man.
  3. (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).

Nearby words

  1. babbler,
  2. babbling,
  3. babbling brook,
  4. babblingly,
  5. babcock test,
  6. babe in arms,
  7. babe in the woods,
  8. babe-in-a-cradle,
  9. babel,
  10. babel, tower of

Idioms

    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

1150–1200; 1915–20 for def 4; Middle English; early Middle English baban, probably nursery word in origin

Ruth

2
[ rooth ]
/ ruθ /

noun

George HermanBabe, 1895–1948, U.S. baseball player.

Zaharias

[ zuh-hair-ee-uh s, -har- ]
/ zəˈhɛər i əs, -ˈhær- /

noun

Mildred Did·rik·son [did-rik-suh n] /ˈdɪd rɪk sən/, Babe, 1914–56, U.S. track-and-field athlete and golfer.
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British Dictionary definitions for babe

babe

/ (beɪb) /

noun

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

ruth

/ (ruːθ) /

noun archaic

pity; compassion
repentance; remorse
grief or distress

Word Origin for ruth

C12: from rewen to rue 1

Ruth

/ (ruːθ) /

noun

Old Testament
  1. a Moabite woman, who left her own people to remain with her mother-in-law Naomi, and became the wife of Boaz; an ancestress of David
  2. the book in which these events are recounted
George Herman, nicknamed Babe . 1895–1948, US professional baseball player from 1914 to 1935
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Word Origin and History for babe
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for babe

Ruth

The great-grandmother of King David, known for her kindness and faithfulness. Not an Israelite herself, she married an Israelite who had come to her country with his family. Ruth's husband died, and her mother-in-law, Naomi, set out to return to the country of the Israelites. Ruth insisted on accompanying Naomi, saying, “ Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge.” In the country of the Israelites, Ruth married Boaz, a rich relative of her dead husband; Boaz had been attracted to Ruth by her generosity. Her story is told in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament.

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