babe

play
noun \ ˈbāb \

Definition of babe

1 a :infant, baby
b slang :girl, woman
c slang :a person and especially a young woman who is sexually attractive
2 :a naive inexperienced person used especially in the phrase babe in the woods

Examples of babe in a Sentence

  1. although I worked with film for years, I'm just a babe as far as digital photography is concerned

  2. a babe in arms, too young even to crawl

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Origin and Etymology of babe

Middle English, probably of imitative origin



BABE Defined for English Language Learners

babe

play
noun

Definition of babe for English Language Learners

  • : a very young child

  • : a sexually attractive person


BABE Defined for Kids

babe

play
noun \ ˈbāb \

Definition of babe for Students

:1baby 1
  • a newborn babe


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