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Webster 1913 Edition


Babu

{ ‖

Ba′boo

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Ba′bu

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(bä′boō)
,
Noun.
[Hind.
bābū
.]
A Hindu gentleman; a native clerk who writes English; also, a Hindu title equivalent to the English
Mr.
or
Esquire
.
Whitworth.

Definition 2022


babu

babu

English

Noun

babu (plural babus)

  1. A Hindu title of respect, equivalent to Mr.; hence, a Hindu gentleman or official.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘His Chance in Life’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 57:
      The Babu put on his cap and quietly dropped out of the window
    • 1934, George Orwell, Burmese Days, Chapter 2
      Office babus are the real rulers of this country now. Our number's up. Best thing we can do is to shut up shop and let 'em stew in their own juice.

Derived terms


Indonesian

Noun

babu

  1. housemaid

See also


Lower Sorbian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈbabu]

Noun

babu

  1. accusative singular of baba
  2. instrumental singular of baba

Shabo

Adjective

babu

  1. two

Swahili

Noun

babu (needs class)

  1. grandfather (from either side)

Veps

Etymology

From Proto-Finnic *papu. The initial b- was introduced by analogy with Russian боб (bob).

Noun

babu

  1. bean

Inflection

Inflection of babu
nominative sing. babu
genitive sing. babun
partitive sing. babud
partitive plur. babuid
singular plural
nominative babu babud
accusative babun babud
genitive babun babuiden
partitive babud babuid
essive-instructive babun babuin
translative babuks babuikš
inessive babus babuiš
elative babuspäi babuišpäi
illative ? babuihe
adessive babul babuil
ablative babulpäi babuilpäi
allative babule babuile
abessive babuta babuita
comitative babunke babuidenke
prolative babudme babuidme
approximative I babunno babuidenno
approximative II babunnoks babuidennoks
egressive babunnopäi babuidennopäi
terminative I ? babuihesai
terminative II babulesai babuilesai
terminative III babussai
additive I ? babuihepäi
additive II babulepäi babuilepäi

References

  • Zajceva, N. G.; Mullonen, M. I. (2007), боб”, in Uz’ venä-vepsläine vajehnik / Novyj russko-vepsskij slovarʹ [New Russian–Veps Dictionary], Petrozavodsk: Periodika

Yindjibarndi

Noun

babu

  1. father