\ ˈbāb How to pronounce babe (audio) \

Definition of babe

1a : 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

although I worked with film for years, I'm just a babe as far as digital photography is concerned a babe in arms, too young even to crawl
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First Known Use of babe

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for babe

Middle English, probably of imitative origin

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“Babe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of babe

: baby entry 1 sense 1 a newborn babe

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