Definition of babe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//beɪb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪb//
    Attractiveness, Female attractiveness
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  1. 1(old use) a baby
  2. 2(slang) a word used to address a young woman, or your wife, husband or lover, usually expressing affection but sometimes considered offensive if used by a man to a woman he does not know What're you doing tonight, babe?
  3. 3(informal) an attractive young woman See related entries: Attractiveness, Female attractiveness
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: probably imitative of an infant's first attempts at speech. Compare with baby.Extra examples What’re you doing tonight, babe?Idioms (old-fashioned) a very small baby that cannot yet walk
    out of the mouths of babes (and sucklings)
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    (saying) used when a small child has just said something that seems very wise or clever
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: babe