Definition of babe in US English:



  • 1informal A sexually attractive young woman.

    ‘he's been pumping up his pecs to impress the babes’
    • ‘She has none of the grit, grace, or animalistic sexuality of those brown sugar babes that came before her.’
    • ‘This opens up onto an incense-scented lounge, where beautiful babes and boys recline on rich leather banquettes.’
    • ‘But the main attractions at the club were the waitresses, all hot babes dressed only in lingerie made out of lettuce.’
    • ‘Then last year, he made a comeback starring as the affable-yet-clueless dad of two teen babes and a pesky son.’
    • ‘If you want to impress the babes at the gym, you need to look your best before you opt to help any of them with a spot.’
    • ‘The story centers around three sexy young disco babes who have met the mysterious Anna.’
    • ‘And that now is a good time to see the males, out prowling for babes.’
    • ‘It's a no-brainer with some lush locales [Mauritius, South Africa], striking babes [three beauty queens] and a nonsensical script.’
    • ‘Beach boys and babes stretch and preen and wait to catch the next, best wave.’
    • ‘Mind you, I can't imagine a guide for older guys on how to bag younger babes.’
    • ‘Behind a circular wood-bar, staff mix up magnificent concoctions like Guavapolitans and Lychee-tinis and awestruck babes and their boys knock them back like soda pop.’
    • ‘An advertising adage from the sixties listed the three most powerful visual draws in order of effectiveness: puppies, babies, and scantily dressed babes.’
    • ‘For men, it holds out the fantasy that babes are attracted to geeky men who really, really care about what they think.’
    • ‘There were glamorous and trendy babes, all children of aging supermodels, actors, rock stars and maybe a few royalties here and there.’
    • ‘Nor are there many nubile young babes whose pouty lips are intended to substitute for a story line.’
    • ‘Whether you are going to the beach or the pool, here are some bare essentials for attracting the babes.’
    • ‘You know people have midlife crises when they turn 50 and they go out and buy a red Corvette and drive around college campuses to see if they can still attract babes.’
    • ‘And lets face it, lads, hard rocking babes are damn sexy!’
    • ‘Hot babes and hip boys come for the classy cocktails poured by dashing bar staff who are eager to please.’
    • ‘Here you are, this righteous babe: sexually adventurous, communicative, and you still got burned.’
  • 2informal An affectionate form of address, typically for someone with whom one has a sexual or romantic relationship.

    ‘hey babes, I know it is unscrupulous and underhand, but don't blame me!’
    ‘I'm the golden boy, babe’
    • ‘Oh, ok… I tease you about Henry all the time and you never do anything, babe.’
    • ‘What was wrong about me calling her babe and mentioning the fact that she just might be attracted to me?’
    • ‘‘Nobody is going to harm you or Ana, babe,’ Warren murmured, putting his arm around his wife's small shoulders.’
    • ‘‘Hey babe, just the girl I was thinking about,’ he told her as he pulled her to him in an intimate kiss.’
    • ‘‘Luv ya too, babe,’ he replied casually as she left the apartment.’
    • ‘‘Aw, I'm sorry, babe,’ he said, wrapping both arms around her, knowing he'd pushed her a little too far.’
    • ‘It's not the same without your sarcastic comebacks at everything I have to say, babes!’
    • ‘She responds romantically, ‘Yes, babe, I will do anything for you.’’
    • ‘‘You can do better than that, babe,’ I purr with all the self-restraint in the world, still resisting the heavy artillery.’
    • ‘Deciding to risk her wrath, he whispered back, ‘Anytime, babe.’’
    • ‘‘You look so very hot tonight, babe,’ he informed her with a grin.’
    • ‘So I told him, and by the time I finished, I was crying again, ‘Shh, don't cry, babe,’ Sam said, hugging me close.’
    • ‘‘I'll miss ya, babe,’ he blew me a corny kiss as I got out of the car.’
    • ‘‘That's the point, babe,’ he laughed and ruffled my red hair.’
    • ‘She absolutely loved it when Bryan called her babe.’
    • ‘He waited respectfully as I studied the menu, then said, ‘Make it easy on yourself, babe, the porterhouse is always good.’’
    • ‘I believe that fate has brought us here and we should be together, babe.’
    • ‘‘Don't worry, babe,’ he reassured his wife though he wasn't as confident as his tone conveyed.’
    • ‘The card, which ends in five kisses, reads: 'Hey babes, I miss you so much.'’
    • ‘He put his hands around her waist, ‘Alice, babe, are you ok?’’
    dear, dearest, dear one, love, lover, sweetheart, beloved, sweet
    darling, sweetheart, dearest, dear
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  • 3literary A baby.

    ‘you have a babe, who will surely be treated as a king when he grows’
    • ‘Do not lay hands on the old verging on death, on women, children and babes.’
    • ‘It bounces with the ebullient step of youth, fresh to the world like a newborn babe.’
    • ‘Nappies haven't figured large in my life since I was a babe in arms.’
    • ‘She was taken from her true parents when she was a babe in arms, spirited away in the dark of night, wrapped in a blanket of embroidered cashmere.’
    • ‘It merits our full respect, the very same respect with which we hold both socially and legally the newborn babe, the child, the adolescent, the adult, and the octogenarian.’
    infant, newborn, child, tot, little one
    baby, infant, newborn, child, tot, little one, babe in arms
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    1. 3.1 An innocent or helpless person.
      ‘I wish you weren't quite such a babe’


  • babe in arms

    • A baby that is too young to walk.

      • ‘By the end I felt really uncomfortable, manhandling a vulnerable female with a babe in arms.’
      • ‘Let's not forget that he was born in Hollywood, the son of Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, and made his screen debut as a babe in arms.’
      • ‘Thanks for reminding me how much fun it is to have a babe in arms and how soon until my 2 month old will no longer want to be held.’
      • ‘My parents took me, a babe in arms, on their overseas trip.’
      • ‘Nappies haven't figured large in my life since I was a babe in arms.’
      • ‘With him was his wife, Alice, who had a babe in arms.’
      • ‘I haven't been to church since I was a babe in arms.’
      • ‘He loved to be cradled like a babe in arms.’
      • ‘Milvina was a babe in arms and can't remember anything, and the other two ladies won't talk about it.’
      • ‘I dont know if Bob, who was baptized as a babe in arms, will pray the sinners prayer.’
  • babe in the woods

    • An innocent or naive person, especially one in an unfamiliar or dangerous environment.

      ‘she was no babe in the woods and knew exactly what she was doing’
      ‘he knows how to handle himself in NY, unlike we mere babes in the wood who live here in Seattle’
      • ‘These are not twelve-year-old babes in the woods - 76 percent of them are seventeen or eighteen years old.’
      • ‘I am a babe in the woods when it comes to this kind of thing, but I am inspired to explore, even if it comes to nothing and I move onto another idea next week.’
      • ‘I'm not a babe in the woods, and I know very well that saying these things is taboo in American political culture.’
      • ‘These individuals may be babes in the woods, but their sincerity and eagerness to please makes them so lovable that people rarely take too much advantage of them.’
      • ‘But we're babes in the woods when it comes to knowing what's going on with our system.’
      • ‘Compared to her, I was a babe in the woods.’
      • ‘When we start moving to complex systems, such as management of very large information spaces or air traffic control, we are still babes in the woods.’


Late Middle English (in babe (sense 3)): probably imitative of an infant's first attempts at speech. Compare with baby.