babe

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English babe, perhaps a variant of earlier baban or representing Old English *baba ‎(boy, child), from Proto-Germanic *babô, reduplicated variant of *ba-, *bō- ‎(father, brother, close male relation), related to Old Frisian bobba ‎(child), Swedish dialectal babbe ‎(little boy), Old High German Babo ‎(a male forename), see boy. Otherwise, origin obscure. Compare mama, dada, papa. Welsh baban ‎(baby), believed by Skeat to be a mutated from maban diminutive of mab ("son"), is probably rather a borrowing from the English. [1] Cognate also with English bub.

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babe ‎(plural babes)

  1. (literary or poetic) A baby or infant; a very young human or animal.
    These events came to pass when he was but a babe.
  2. (slang) An attractive person, especially a young woman.
    She's a real babe!
  3. Darling (term of endearment).
    Hey, babe, how's about you and me getting together?

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

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Portuguese[edit]

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babe

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of babar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of babar
  3. third-person singular imperative of babar

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babe f pl

  1. plural of babă