1690s, from French babouche, from Arabic babush, from Persian papush, from pa "foot" (related to Avestan pad-, see foot (n.)) + posh "covering." Arabic, lacking a -p-, regularly converts -p- in foreign words to -b-.


Nearby words

  1. babka,
  2. babo's law,
  3. baboo,
  4. baboon,
  5. baboonery,
  6. babracot,
  7. babruysk,
  8. babs,
  9. babson,
  10. babson, roger ward

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for babouche

  • Mouley came shuffling up in his babouche slippers and we both ordered another schooner of beer.

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