Definition of babu in English:

babu

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːbuː
 
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noun (plural babus)

Indian
  • 1A respectful title or form of address for a man, especially an educated one: I could see Kana-babu’s shop
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    • 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: he was a typical babu, polite and faintly scornful
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    • 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?

Origin

from Hindi bābū, literally 'father'.

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