Definition of babu in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbäbo͞o/

noun (plural babus)

1A respectful title or form of address for a man, especially an educated one: I could see Kana-babu’s shop
More example sentences
  • Right at that moment, a young boy, hardly 20 or even younger, looked up at me and said sardonically, ‘To propitiate the gods, babu, we do not have to look up these days.’
  • Dilip had already done a market survey, and located potential customers, usually villagers who were in the process of building houses - like Ghosh babu.
  • No, we are not saying that some famous Bengali babu is coming here to enlighten us on the finer aspects of their admirably rich tradition.
1.1An office worker; a clerk.
Example sentences
  • Click your mobile camera for our police babu dozing off at night duty.
  • Many of the more experienced contenders have spent decades trying to convince an obstinate babu that they are not dead as shown in Government records.
  • How many babu's would lose jobs if slums ceased to exist?


From Hindi bābū, literally 'father'.

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Syllabification: ba·bu

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