Synonyms for babe

Grammar : Noun
Spell : beyb
Phonetic Transcription : beɪb

Définition of babe

Origin :
  • 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. Russian babushka "grandmother," from baba "peasant woman").
  • Crist crid in cradil, "moder, baba!" [John Audelay, c.1426]
  • Now mostly superseded by its diminutive form baby. Used figuratively for "a childish person" from 1520s. Meaning "attractive young woman" is 1915, college slang. Babe in the woods is from 1795.
  • noun baby
Example sentences :
  • I some expected Tirzah Ann and the babe home that day to dinner.
  • Extract from : « Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 4. » by Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • "Three boys and a babe at the buzzom," said Mr. Stubmore pathetically.
  • Extract from : « Night and Morning, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • And from the time he was a babe in the nursery Coryston had fulfilled it to perfection.
  • Extract from : « The Coryston Family » by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Bless you, bless you, my babe; my beloved, my cherished Eve!
  • Extract from : « Homeward Bound » by James Fenimore Cooper
  • Prince Paul of Kostroma was godfather, and gave the babe the name of Alexis.
  • Extract from : « Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home » by Bayard Taylor
  • He is captivated, we are told, by that little cherub of a babe.
  • Extract from : « The Book of Khalid » by Ameen Rihani
  • I do not know; I swear to you, I do not know, more than a babe unborn.
  • Extract from : « The Downfall » by Emile Zola
  • No; to the babe is given the desire because the mother has wherewith to satisfy.
  • Extract from : « The Golden Fountain » by Lilian Staveley
  • He hid all trace of what was; he painted a babe at her breast.
  • Extract from : « Lotus Buds » by Amy Carmichael
  • Israel growled, and he lifted the babe in his arms to try it.
  • Extract from : « The Scapegoat » by Hall Caine

Antonyms for babe

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