Definitions for babbittˈbæb ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bab•bittˈbæb ɪt(n.)

  1. a bearing or lining of Babbitt metal.

    Category: Metallurgy

  2. (v.t.)to line, face, or furnish with Babbitt metal.

    Category: Metallurgy

Origin of babbitt:


Bab•bittˈbæb ɪt(n.)

  1. Irving, 1865–1933, U.S. educator and critic.

    Category: Biography

  2. Milton Byron, born 1916, U.S. composer.

    Category: Biography

  3. (often l.c.) a self-satisfied person who conforms to conventional middle-class ideals, esp. of material success: from the title character of a novel (1922) by Sinclair Lewis.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Babbitt metal, babbitt(verb)

    an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony; a lining for bearings that reduces friction

  2. babbitt(verb)

    line with a Babbitt metal


  1. Babbitt(Noun)

    A person who subscribes complacently to materialistic middle-class ideals

  2. Origin: Named for American inventor Isaac Babbitt (1799–1862)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Babbitt(verb)

    to line with Babbitt metal


  1. Babbitt

    Babbitt, first published in 1922, is a novel by Sinclair Lewis. Largely a satire of American culture, society, and behavior, it critiques the vacuity of middle-class American life and its pressure toward conformity. An immediate and controversial bestseller, Babbitt is one of Lewis’s best-known novels and was influential in the decision to award him the Nobel Prize in literature in 1930. The word "Babbitt" entered the English language as a "person and especially a business or professional man who conforms unthinkingly to prevailing middle-class standards".


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