Definitions for babbittˈbæb ɪt

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  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

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  1. Babbitt(Noun)

    A person who subscribes complacently to materialistic middle-class ideals

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

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  1. Babbitt(verb)

    to line with Babbitt metal

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  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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