\ 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

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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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Forget booth babes — passersby were greeted with a flossing Tomatohead character who was more than happy to work it to some of the game’s most recognizable emotes and moves while curious onlookers filmed away. NBC News, "Dancing tomatoes and llama pinatas? This must be a gaming convention.," 26 June 2019 There was a lot of money at play, for sure, but also an innocent enthusiasm; lots of beer, but no booth babes. Andrew Curry, WIRED, "One Boy’s Dream Vacation to See Giant Construction Equipment," 26 June 2019 While pink seemed to be the winning color of the night according to Gemma Chan, Kacey Musgraves and Angela Bassett, the California babe went more subdued for the big night. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Parties at the Oscars After Celebrating 1 Year Wedding Anniversary," 25 Feb. 2019 As the royal babe's due date approaches, Meghan is overseeing the renovations on their home at Frogmore, which could cost up to £5 million (roughly $6.4 million) to complete. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Prefer Cotswolds Farmhouse To Nottingham Cottage," 10 Jan. 2019 Right after The Weeknd and Selena broke up, there was all that stuff with someone who looked like Bella on a Victoria's Secret flight lurking on IG pics of Abe the babe. 12. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "11 Major Signs Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Are Getting Back Together," 27 July 2018 These aren’t moviedom’s irritatingly token strong chicks, the tough babes with sizable biceps and skills but no real roles. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: ‘Black Panther’ Shakes Up the Marvel Universe," 6 Feb. 2018 Untame your horses and roll the top down, astro babes. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes October 29-November 4," 28 Oct. 2018 Last year’s trip was 13 fat babes in bikinis in a Miami mansion (Gabi planned one heck of an experience). Kellie Brown, Teen Vogue, "What to Pack for Spring Break According to Fashion Blogger Kellie Brown," 25 Mar. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of babe

: a very young child
: a sexually attractive person


\ ˈbāb How to pronounce babe (audio) \

Kids Definition of babe

: baby entry 1 sense 1 a newborn babe

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