babu

noun, often attributive ba·bu \ ˈbä-(ˌ)bü \
variants: or less commonly baboo

Definition of babu

1 : a Hindu gentleman a form of address corresponding to Mr.
2 a : an Indian clerk who writes English
b often disparaging : an Indian having some education in English

Origin and Etymology of babu

Hindi bābū, literally, father

First Known Use: 1766

in the meaning defined at sense 1


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