a babe in the woods

babe in the woods

A person who is gullible, naïve, or lacks experience in a specific situation. Although Jane had always excelled in school, she felt like a babe in the woods when she began attending college.
See also: babe, wood

babe in the woods

Fig. a naive or innocent person; an inexperienced person. (Like a child lost in the woods.) Bill is a babe in the woods when it comes to dealing with plumbers. As a painter, Mary is fine, but she's a babe in the woods as a musician.
See also: babe, wood

babe in the woods

An innocent or very naive person who is apt to be duped or victimized, as in She was a babe in the woods where the stock market was concerned. The term originated in a popular ballad of 1595, "The Children in the Wood," about two young orphans who are abandoned in a forest and die.
See also: babe, wood

a babe in the woods

You call someone a babe in the woods if they have little experience of life, and they are involved in a difficult situation that they do not understand. By this time I wasn't such a babe in the woods, and one thing I insisted on was that they provide a contract. Note: `Babe' is an old-fashioned word for a baby or small child. An old story tells of two young orphans (= children with no parents) who were left in the care of their uncle. If the children died, the uncle would get their money. The uncle ordered a servant to take them into a wood where they died and their bodies were covered with leaves by the birds. There is a pantomime (= play for children) based on this story.
See also: babe, wood