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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).

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Idioms for 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

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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