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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from the sounds made by a baby

babe

noun
     
babe [countable]
1 literary a baby
babe in arms (=one that has to be carried)
2 spoken informal a word for an attractive young woman
3 spoken informal a way of speaking to a young woman, often considered offensive
4 spoken a way of speaking to someone you love, especially your wife or husband
5

babe in the woods

American English someone who can be easily deceived:
He was like a babe in the woods when he first came to New York.

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