from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A baby; an infant.
  • n. An innocent or naive person.
  • n. Slang A young woman.
  • n. Informal Sweetheart; dear. Used as a term of endearment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A baby or infant; a very young human or animal.
  • n. An attractive person, especially a young woman.
  • n. Darling (term of endearment).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An infant; a young child of either sex; a baby.
  • n. A doll for children.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An infant; a young child of either sex.
  • n. A child's doll.
  • n. One who is like a babe in any respect; a person of infantine or childish character or ability: as, he is a mere babe in that man's hands.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk
  • n. (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women


Middle English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)



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