slang : girl, woman
slang : a person and especially a young woman who is sexually attractive
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web Minds are changed and opened, unlikely bonds are formed, wisdom and inspiration come forth from out of the mouth of babes (as in those of a younger age, and not the often demeaning term applied to women). David Fear, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2024 But strength, as the saying goes, comes from the mouth of babes. Peter Debruge, Variety, 10 Mar. 2024 This isn't an Old Hollywood wave or a bombshell style, but rather a classic beach babe wave — a fun contrast against the sheer glamour of her sequined Gucci gown. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 25 Jan. 2024 Wake up, babe, Lana Del Rey and Skims just dropped a Valentine's Day collab! Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 18 Jan. 2024 To my babe, my life partner, my business partner, my spiritual union….HAPPY ANNIVERSARY LOVE! Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2024 December 15, 2023 Wake up, babe—a new way to mom-shame just dropped. Stephanie McNeal, Glamour, 15 Dec. 2023 Could not have been more fun being 1-on the field with Wally 2-and Jenny, 3-in the Bullpen w a babe, 4-watching the Yanks and the Socks w more babes, and then…. Kaitlin Stevens, Peoplemag, 10 Dec. 2023 But Take Note: The sturdy base allows the bike to rock minimally, and more adventurous babes might want more action. Alesandra Dubin, Parents, 25 Nov. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, probably of imitative origin

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of babe was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Babe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: baby entry 1 sense 1a
a babe in arms

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