[buh-boo sh-kuh, -boosh-]
- a woman's scarf, often triangular, used as a hood with two of the ends tied under the chin.
- an elderly Russian woman, especially an elderly grandmother.
Origin of babushka
1935–40; < Russian bábushka grandmother, equivalent to báb(a) old woman + -ushka diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for babushka
“Take me back, Babushka,” I could hear his shaken voice imploring.The Prairie Mother
Alexandra Ivanovna shuddered, and asked: "Babushka, at whom are you cawing?"
She's called Matushkin, because my babushka is no babushka to her, but is her matushka.
“I will pay you for it, babushka,” he said to the old woman.
Ask the babushka's forgiveness,” he said, “and don't you ever do it again; I saw you take the apple.
- a headscarf tied under the chin, worn by Russian peasant women
- (in Russia) an old woman
Russian: grandmother, from baba old woman
Word Origin and History for babushka
type of head covering for women, 1938, from Russian babushka "grandmother."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper