babes

babe

[beyb]
noun
1.
a baby or child.
2.
an innocent or inexperienced person.
3.
(usually initial capital letter) Southern U.S. (used, often before the surname, as a familiar name for a boy or man, especially the youngest of a family.)
4.
Slang.
a.
Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. a girl or woman, especially an attractive one: Her roommate is a real babe!
b.
an attractive young man.
c.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an affectionate or familiar term of address (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., especially by a male to a female).
Idioms
5.
babe in the woods, an innocent, unsuspecting person, especially one likely to be victimized by others: Some highly informed people are mere babes in the woods where the stock market is concerned. Also, babe in the wood.

Origin:
1150–1200; 1915–20 for def 4; Middle English; early Middle English baban, probably nursery word in origin


1. toddler, infant, tot, nursling.
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babe (beɪb)
 
n
1.  a baby
2.  informal a naive, gullible, or unsuspecting person (often in the phrase a babe in arms)
3.  informal a young woman or man perceived as being sexually attractive

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babe
late 14c., short for baban (early 13c.), which probably is imitative of baby talk (cf. babble), however in many languages the cognate word means "old woman" (cf. Rus. babushka "grandmother," from baba "peasant woman"). Now mostly superseded by its dim. form
baby. Used figuratively for "a childish person" from 1520s. Meaning "attractive young woman" is 1915, college slang; related babelicious first recorded 1991.
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Ruth definition


The great-grandmother of King David, known for her kindness and faithfulness. Not an Israelite herself, she married an Israelite who had come to her country with his family. Ruth's husband died, and her mother-in-law, Naomi, set out to return to the country of the Israelites. Ruth insisted on accompanying Naomi, saying, “ Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge.” In the country of the Israelites, Ruth married Boaz, a rich relative of her dead husband; Boaz had been attracted to Ruth by her generosity. Her story is told in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament.

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Babe definition


used of children generally (Matt. 11:25; 21:16; Luke 10:21; Rom. 2:20). It is used also of those who are weak in Christian faith and knowledge (1 Cor. 3:1; Heb. 5:13; 1 Pet. 2:2). In Isa. 3:4 the word "babes" refers to a succession of weak and wicked princes who reigned over Judah from the death of Josiah downward to the destruction of Jerusalem.

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