babe, baby
Babe is now either a literary word, being regularly used in the Bible (Authorized Version, but baby in the Revised English Bible), or a colloquial and affectionate form of address to a young woman (originally AmE but increasingly found in BrE:

• He looked me up and down. ‘Who you, babe?’ —A. Billson, 1993).

In more modern use, babe has come to be used (with third-person reference) of an attractive young woman, typically in some noteworthy or glamorous context:

• They are young, bright and ambitious. Mainly in their 20s and 30s, today they run an office in central London; in two years they could be running the country. ‘Blair's babes’ are on the move —Sunday Times, 1994

• The smartly dressed hooker swept in surrounded by a bevy of near naked film babes —Daily Mirror, 1995.

Baby is also used as a term of affection (e.g. my poor baby) and has a special use implying feebleness or lack of courage (He's a real baby when it comes to having injections). In this meaning baby has many recent and colourful synonyms such as chicken, funk, and (most recently) wimp.

Modern English usage. 2014.


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