from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of babu.

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  • n. Dated form of babu.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Hindu gentleman; a native clerk who writes English; also, a Hindu title equivalent to the English Mr. or Esquire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See babu.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. used as a Hindi courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'


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  • Once again the 'baboo' bureaucracy in Pakistan went to the extreme to screw the very people who sweat day in and day out to pay their salaries.


  • Literature, "and is well stocked with" baboo "English -- clerkly English, hooky English, acquired in the schools.

    Following the Equator

  • I had a messenger from him today with a flannel undershirt which I had left behind like a gibbering idiot; and perpetrated in reply another baboo letter.

    Vailima Letters

  • A career woman, marital artist, take-no-prisoners gal who now got mushy whenever her little baboo smiled at her.

    State Of War

  • Toni was going to have to take some time off from work to watch the baboo.

    State Of War

  • The impassive European, with all the proud consciousness of a conquering race; the half-Europeanized baboo; the deposed rajah, -- all may be seen driving to and fro in splendid equipages, drawn by handsome steeds, and followed by servants in gay Oriental attire.

    The Story of Ida Pfeiffer and Her Travels in Many Lands

  • The native staff of a garden consists of, say, two baboos, or book-keepers and clerks, a doctor baboo, sirdars or overseers, and chowkidars or line watchmen.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • His head baboo begged me to come over and take charge, if only to reassure the coolies, who had been running off into the jungle on the report of a threatened Naga raid.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • Drafting skills and the associated engineering knowledge were not generally appreciated; an Indian corporal, a Company Office clerk, a baboo, looked in one day, viewed the work being done and said with an air of complete confidence in his abilities, "You show me sergeant -- three days I do your job."

    Coming of Age: 1939-1946

  • Looked at from this point of view, the baboo is not such an insignificant being as he appears to be considered. '

    The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886


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