babe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n babe (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women
    • n babe a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk "the baby began to cry again","she held the baby in her arms","it sounds simple, but when you have your own baby it is all so different"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the movie "Babe", the piglet was played by over 30 different piglets they outgrew the part so quickly during the production of the film
    • Babe A doll for children.
    • Babe An infant; a young child of either sex; a baby.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Babe Ruth kept a lettuce leaf under his hat to keep cool during a game.
    • n babe An infant; a young child of either sex.
    • n babe A child's doll.
    • n babe 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his hat while playng baseball, and he used to change it every two innings.
    • n Babe bāb an infant or child: a doll, puppet: the reflection of one's self in miniature seen in the pupil of another's eye
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Quotations

  • Goldie Hawn
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    “There are only three ages for women in Hollywood--Babe, District Attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it, so that one babe commonly makes four or five out of the adults who prattle and play to it.”
  • Olive Schreiner
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    “We were equals once when we lay new-born babes on our nurse's knees. We will be equal again when they tie up our jaws for the last sleep.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “The babe at first feeds upon the mother's bosom, but it is always on her heart.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “An honest man is the best thing on the sod; but a mother and her babe is the noblest work of God.”
  • William Butler Yeats
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    “Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labor of its unfamiliar thought.”

Idioms

Babe in arms - A babe in arms is a very young child, or a person who is very young to be holding a position.
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Babe in the woods - A babe in the woods is a naive, defenceless, young person.
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Out of the mouths of babes - People say this when children unexpectedly say something very intelligent or wise.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Ir. bab, baban, W. baban, maban,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. imitative. See Babble.

Usage

In literature:

Queen Asia said to her husband, the child was only a babe, and was so young he could not discern between a ruby and a live coal.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
They called her Babe.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
A fine pass when they put babes in jail.
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
When Chloe was a babe strapped on her mother's shoulders, they were stolen from Africa and packed in a ship.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866" by Various
His younger brother is but a babe yet.
"The Crew of the Water Wagtail" by R.M. Ballantyne
The babe whined in the cradle and Tessibel took him up.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
One or two had babes in their arms.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Elspie seemed to be the sole regent of the babe's destiny.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
Above all he was in despair about the babe.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
And when before him we have laid our treasures, We'll bless the babe, then back to country pleasures.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
In such work as that Slow and Bideawhile would be innocent and ignorant as babes.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Leaving his wife and babe at Havre, he went across to London.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Afterwards discard bands entirely if you wish your babe to be happy and well.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
We call her Babe, but Allyn is the real baby.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
A new-born babe, of all human beings the most helpless, has always roused compassion and care.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
Close in these empty arms fain Would I clasp my babes!
"Lilith" by Ada Langworthy Collier
There he killed youths and babes and old people, until he was driven away by a magic spell.
"Finnish Legends for English Children" by R. Eivind
She always came from the water, and was very kind to them and the babe.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Think you they will not spare our dear sweet Babes?
"Ponteach" by Robert Rogers
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In poetry:

I said unto the morn and mist,
Drearily:
"The babe unborn whom sin hath kissed."
(Wearily.)
"Woman’s Portion" by Madison Julius Cawein
I dared--Thy poor hand-maiden--
Not ask a prophet-child:
Only a boy-babe laden
For earth--and mild.
"Mary At Nazareth" by Cale Young Rice
Blessed Babe of Bethlehem,
Owner of earth’s diadem,
Claim and wear the radiant gem
Alleluia!
"Blessed Night, When First That Plain" by Horatius Bonar
But silently did Rudiger
The little infant see,
And darkly on the babe he gaz'd
And very sad was he.
"Rudiger - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
And I had grown up rugged
And healthy day by day,
Though I was but a puny babe
When father went away.
"A Ballad" by James Whitcomb Riley
Gathering up the rose-leaves
For a shower of roses
On the night the Lord Babe
His sweet eye uncloses.
"Winter Sunset" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Tahiti Coral easily nabbed the title this week with a whopping 23% of the vote, adding her to the list of competitors for the next round of 'Babe of the Month' voting.
Our lovely Babe of the Day is a 26-year-old model from Miami, Florida.
Or the letter Babe Ruth wrote.
Petraeus' babe: He's role model.
The tiring life of a scandal babe.
Ditch the boardwalk hotdog and fries and brown bag it, babe.
The blonde babe got busy with Cy Waits in Maui over the holidays.
BOSTON — Fred Thompson flopped in his bid to become president, but he's wearing the crown in a new set of baseball cards: He's Babe Ruth, the original home run king.
Drums and Tuba Vinyl Killer Righteous Babe.
But then again, we said that about Babe Ruth's 60 home runs and Roger Maris's 61 at one time.
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Franklin Hurricanes' Bryce Micciche slides into third base safely during Tuesday night's Keystone Senior Babe Ruth League win over the Pocono Outlaws.
Yet he transformed the national pastime as surely as Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, television and night games.
In honor of the official national day of Australia, RadarOnline.com has photos of the hottest bikini babes in the world, who can't help falling in love with men who have Aussie accents.
8 Bikini Babes Who Love Australian Men.
For the locally shot B movie 'Bikini Vampire Babes,' the B stands for blood, bods and buffoonery.
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In science:

Invariant sets in Menger spaces, Studia Univ. ”Babes J.
Selfsimilar random fractal measure using contraction method in probabilistic metric spaces
Babe¸s-Bolyai” University Faculty of Mathematics Str.
A generalization of Apostol's M\"obius functions of order k
J´ozsef S´andor Babe¸s-Bolyai University Department of Mathematics Str.
A note on certain inequalities for bivariate means
Vancea Department of Theoretical Physics Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj Str. M.
Constraints on spacetime manifold in Euclidean supergravity in terms of Dirac eigenvalues
On leave from Babes Bolyai University of Cluj, Romania.
Local Physical Coodinates from Symplectic Projector Method
Stoica, Exponential instability of skew-evolution semiflows in Banach spaces, Studia Univ. ”Babe¸s-Bolyai”, Mathematica, Vol.
Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Weak Exponential Instability of Evolution Operators
Dezs˝o Babe¸s-Bolyai University, Dept. of Theoretical Physics str.
Limits of the Quantum Monte Carlo method
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