- 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).
- babbling brook,
- babcock test,
- babe in arms,
- babe in the woods,
- babel, tower of
Origin of babe
Examples from the Web for babe
In the note, Babe asked to see Leslie one last time before he left New York City forever.
One afternoon, with [Babe] Dahlgren near him in the dugout, a photographer asked Lou if he could take a photo of the two of them.
The Babe showed up, too, arriving late, as usual, and looking tanned as a lifeguard.
The Babe walked over to the stooped figure at the microphone and threw his arms around Lou's neck.
According to Lazenby, Jordan experienced a complete 180 when he transitioned from Little League to Babe Ruth baseball.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits of a New Michael Jordan Biography|William O’Connor|May 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now the sweet cooings of her babe moved her to bitter tears.
Listen, babe, don't get high-hat with me or I'll slap you down.
Would the babe remain quiet until the pale squatter boy had departed?Tess of the Storm Country|Grace Miller White
It was when her husband first heard of the death of his babe.Small Means and Great Ends|Edited by Mrs. M. H. Adams
He guessed that the babe was Mary's babe, though he was quite incapable of recognizing it.The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories|Arnold Bennett
Word Origin for ruth
- 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
- the book in which these events are recounted
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Now mostly superseded by its diminutive form baby.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.
fem. proper name, biblical ancestor of David, from Hebrew Ruth, probably a contraction of reuth "companion, friend, fellow woman."
"sorrow for the misery of another; repentance, regret," c.1200, ruthe, from Old Norse hryggð "ruth, sorrow," from hryggr "sorrowful, grieved" (see rue (v.)) + Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)). Or else formed in English from reuwen "to rue" on the model of true/truth, etc. The Old English word was rue (n.2).
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.