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Babbitt

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noun Bab·bitt \ˈba-bət\

Definition of Babbitt

  1. :  a person and especially a business or professional man who conforms unthinkingly to prevailing middle-class standards

Babbittry play \-bə-trē\ noun
Babbitty \-tē\ adjective


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He was a prosperous real-estate broker, a pillar of his Midwestern community, and a believer in success for its own sake. George F. Babbitt was his name and complacent American middle-class values were his game. He was created by Sinclair Lewis in the satirical 1922 novel Babbitt, and the fictional protagonist's name quickly became a synonym for one who adheres to a conformist, materialistic, unimaginative way of life.

Origin of babbitt

George F. Babbitt, character in the novel Babbitt (1922) by Sinclair Lewis


First Known Use: 1923


Babbitt

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biographical name Bab·bitt \ˈba-bət\

Definition of Babbitt

  1. Irving 1865–1933 Am. scholar




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