- 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
Examples from the Web for babu
Historical Examples of babu
“We never doubted that,” returned Babu with a touch of surprise in his tone.Blown to Bits
Babu Nilratan, the husband of Labanya, was a pleader at Buxar.The Hungry Stones And Other Stories
Perhaps the babu is the thing too much in India; they could do without him.
But enough of the babu; I cannot think how he got into my letter.
Many persons will overlook a small charge, and well the babu knows it.Seven Legs Across the Seas
- (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