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

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10 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Babe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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