[bah-boo](in India, especially under British rule)
- a Hindu title of address equivalent to Sir, Mr., or Esquire.
- a Hindu gentleman.
- a native Indian clerk who can write English.
- Usually Disparaging. any native Indian having only a limited knowledge of English.
Origin of babu
First recorded in 1875–80, babu is from the Hindi word bābū
The term babu English refers to florid, overly polite, and unidiomatic English regarded as characteristic of native Indians who have limited proficiency in English.
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Examples from the Web for baboos
The few resident males are either biological sons or “baboos” (lovers) of the successful madams.‘Whores’ Glory’: An Interview With Michael Glawogger
April 28, 2012
In the evening the Maharajah gave a party to all the native notabilities of the city; great attendance of Baboos.Lord Randolph Churchill
Winston Spencer Churchill
Bengali baboos vainly petitioned the British government to pass the bill in all its integrity.India Under British Rule
James Talboys Wheeler
The great purveyor was right, because the Baboos give large orders and pay regularly for fear of exposure.The Hindoos as they Are
Shib Chunder Bose
Recognising the Baboos as the immediate cause of their disturbance, they attacked them with indomitable courage.Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier
He was very polite himself and made the most beautiful bows to all the Baboos.Barty Crusoe and His Man Saturday
Frances Hodgson Burnett
- (in India) a title or form of address more or less equivalent to Mr, placed before a person's full name or after his first name
Hindi, literally: father
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