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babu

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noun, often attributive ba·bu \ˈbä-(ˌ)bü\

Definition of babu

  1. 1 :  a Hindu gentleman —a form of address corresponding to Mr.

  2. 2 a :  an Indian clerk who writes English b often disparaging :  an Indian having some education in English



Variants of babu

also

baboo

Origin and Etymology of babu

Hindi bābū, literally, father


First Known Use: 1776


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