[ beyb ]
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  1. a baby or child.

  2. an innocent or inexperienced person.

  1. Usually Babe .Southern U.S. (used, often before the surname, as a familiar name for a boy or man, especially the youngest of a family.)

  2. Slang.

    • Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. a girl or woman, especially an attractive one.

    • an attractive young man.

    • Sometimes Babe . an affectionate or familiar term of address (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., especially by a male to a female).

Idioms about babe

  1. 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

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

Other words for babe

Words Nearby babe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use babe in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for babe


/ (beɪb) /

  1. a baby

  2. informal a naive, gullible, or unsuspecting person (often in the phrase a babe in arms)

  1. informal a young woman or man perceived as being sexually attractive

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