Sinclair Lewis's satirical 1922 novel babbitt became a national phenomenon.
Though babbitt turns ninety this year, Georgie babbitt still lives and breathes and harrumphs.
What, babbitt wonders in another quiet moment, is it all about?
The most startling thing about babbitt today is not its satire but the haunting, if brief, moments of introspection.
babbitt is cornered in his office, threatened, and ostracized; his friends turn into menacing henchmen.
babbitt was what he called a "joiner" for all these reasons.
But, what I'm gettin' at is this: babbitt'll come to me orderin' me to get Leander exempted.
After the meeting, delegates from all over the state said, "Hower you, Brother babbitt?"
"By—," began Mr. babbitt again, but this time it was Captain Sam who interrupted.
babbitt had recovered from his touchy wrath before Joe returned.
"conventional, complacent, materialistic American businessman," 1923, from George Babbitt, title character of Sinclair Lewis' novel (1922).
His name was George F. Babbitt. He was forty-six years old now, in April 1920, and he made nothing in particular, neither butter nor shoes nor poetry, but he was nimble in the selling of houses for more money than people could afford to pay. [Sinclair Lewis, "Babbitt," 1922]
(1922) A novel by Sinclair Lewis. The title character, an American real estate agent in a small city, is portrayed as a crass, loud, overoptimistic boor who thinks only about money and speaks in clichés, such as “You've gotta have pep, by golly!”
Note: By extension, a “Babbitt” is a narrow-minded, materialistic businessman.