babe

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See also: Babe, babë, babę, and Ba Bể

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English babe, a variant of earlier baban, perhaps from Old English *baba (boy, child), from Proto-Germanic *babô, reduplicated variant of *ba-, *bō- (father, brother, close male relation).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /beɪb/, enPR: bāb
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪb

Noun[edit]

babe (plural babes)

  1. (literary or poetic) A baby or infant; a very young human or animal. [from 14th c.]
    These events came to pass when he was but a babe.
  2. (slang) An attractive person, especially a young woman. [from 20th c.]
    • 2002, Charles Hebbert, Dan Richardson, The Rough Guide to Budapest, 2nd edition, London: Rough Guides, →ISBN, page 73:
      During the 1980s, its vivid streetlife became a symbol of the “consumer socialism” that distinguished Hungary from other Eastern Bloc states, but Budapesters today are rather less enamoured of Váci: dressed-to-kill babes and their sugar daddies would rather pose in malls, and teenagers can find McDonald's anywhere, leaving Váci utterly dependent on tourists for its livelihood and bustle.
    She's a real babe!
  3. (endearing) Darling (term of endearment).
    Hey, babe, how's about you and me getting together?
    • 1916 March 11, Charles E. Van Loan, “His Folks”, in Saturday Evening Post[1]:
      But, Babe, you don't have to meet 'em if you don't want to.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitney, The Century dictionary and cylcopedia, babe.

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Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English *baba.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbaːb(ə)/, /ˈbab(ə)/

Noun[edit]

babe (plural babes)

  1. baby, infant

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • English: babe, bab
  • Welsh: baban

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Portuguese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Rhymes: (Brazil) -abi, (Portugal) -abɨ
  • Hyphenation: ba‧be

Verb[edit]

babe

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of babar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of babar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of babar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of babar

Romanian[edit]

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Noun[edit]

babe f pl

  1. plural of babă

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Noun[edit]

babe (Cyrillic spelling бабе)

  1. inflection of baba:
    1. genitive singular
    2. nominative/accusative/vocative plural

Slovak[edit]

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Noun[edit]

babe

  1. dative/locative singular of baba

Swazi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Bantu *bààbá.

Noun[edit]

babé 1a (plural bóbabé 2a)

  1. my father

Inflection[edit]

This noun needs an inflection-table template.