- 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 babes
There are parks filled with men pushing strollers and coffee shops where fathers meet their friends, babes in arms.
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|Michael Tomasky|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tim Townsend|March 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Children may also factor into your week, life lessons imparted from the mouths of babes.
The training for the kingdom is the same, whether for Wise Men or Babes.Mater Christi|Mother St. Paul
Even the "cruel uncle" of the "Babes in the Wood" I believe to be quite an exceptional character.The Little Lame Prince|Miss Mulock--Pseudonym of Maria Dinah Craik
I took you for one of those romantic country girls, who come to the city—helpless as babes.Rose of Dutcher's Coolly|Hamlin Garland
They can master hypotheses, higher mathematics, and Hebrew irregular verbs, but they are babes in all practical affairs.Analyzing Character|Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
Our God established slavery—commanded men to buy their fellow-men, to make merchandise of wives and babes.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 3 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
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Now mostly superseded by its diminutive form baby.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.