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Definition of babe noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(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 are you doing tonight, babe?
  2. 2(informal) an attractive young woman
  3. 3(old use) a baby
  4. Idioms
    a babe in arms (old-fashioned)
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    a very small baby that cannot yet walk
    a babe in the woods (informal)
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    someone who lacks knowledge or experience of life He's still a babe in the woods compared to the other guys here.
    out of/from the mouths of babes (saying)
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    used when a small child has just said something that seems very wise or intelligent
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: babe