verb (used with object)
- babassu oil,
- babbage, charles,
- babbitt metal,
- babbitt, irving,
- babbitt, milton,
Origin of babbitt
Examples from the Web for babbitt
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.
Sinclair Lewis's satirical 1922 novel Babbitt became a national phenomenon.
A whisper campaign begins, and soon Babbitt finds himself blacklisted from Zenith society.
He has invented a process for making a substitute for Babbitt metal.Ralph, the Train Dispatcher|Allen Chapman
"I don't care for any opinion of that kind," retorted Babbitt.Frank Merriwell's Return to Yale|Burt L. Standish
She seemed to have but half as much hair as Babbitt remembered, and that half was stringy.
Babbitt had uneasily felt that to many men she might be alluring; now he admitted that to himself she was overwhelmingly alluring.
Eddie Swanson, the motor-car agent who lived across the street from Babbitt, was giving a Sunday supper.
Word Origin for Babbitt
"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!”