Definitions for BABUˈbɑ bu

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ba•bu*ˈbɑ bu(n.)

  1. (a term used to refer to a native Indian clerical employee with a knowledge of English.)

    Category: Indian (India)

  2. Usually Disparaging.(a term used to refer to any culturally Anglicized, English-speaking South Asian.)

    Category: Indian (India)

* (in S Asia, esp. under British rule). Usage: Definition 2 is usually used with disparaging intent, implying that the English of such persons is florid and unidiomatic.

Origin of babu:

1875–80; < Hindi bābū, a title equivalent to Sir or Mr., lit., father

Princeton's WordNet

  1. babu, baboo(noun)

    used as a Hindi courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'


  1. babu(Noun)

    A Hindu title of respect, equivalent to Mr.; hence, a Hindu gentleman or official.

  2. Origin: From बाबू

Webster Dictionary

  1. Babu(noun)

    a Hindoo gentleman; a native clerk who writes English; also, a Hindoo title answering to Mr. or Esquire


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