[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 baboo
Of course Baboo went, much to the disgust of Aboo Din, the syce.
It was useless to whip him, for whippings seemed only to make Baboo grow.
Baboo shrugged his brown shoulders and kept his eyes on my feet.
Oxford man tells me in a whisper that "he believes he's a Baboo."
One of them, a Baboo, was sent back to Bombay by an early steamer.The Burglars' Club
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- (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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