belated 14c., quick for baban (very early 13c.), which most likely is imitative of infant talk (see babble), however in many languages the cognate word means "old girl" (compare Russian babushka "grandmother," from baba "peasant woman"). Crist crid in cradil, "moder, baba!" [John Audelay, c.1426] Now mostly superseded by its diminutive form child. utilized figuratively for "a childish person" from 1520s. Meaning "attractive young lady" is 1915, university slang. Babe when you look at the woods is from 1795.
an extremely child (birth to 1 12 months) who's got not yet started to go or talk
- a baby; a young child of either intercourse; an infant.
- A doll for children.
Gugelhupf [Bundt dessert]
(letter.) A child; a child of either sex; a child.
- (letter.) A doll for kids.
She had already declared her intention of naming the babe Kiera whether it was a boy or girl.