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babe

[ beyb ]
/ beɪb /
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noun
a baby or child.
an innocent or inexperienced person.
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.)
Slang.
  1. Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. a girl or woman, especially an attractive one.
  2. an attractive young man.
  3. 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).
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Idioms about babe

    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
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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
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