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Bab·bitt

 (băb′ĭt)
n.
A narrow-minded, self-satisfied person with an unthinking attachment to middle-class values and materialism.

[After George F. Babbitt, , the main character in the novel Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis.]

Bab′bitt·ry n.

Babbitt

(ˈbæbɪt)
n
derogatory US a narrow-minded and complacent member of the middle class
[C20: after George Babbitt, central character in the novel Babbitt (1922) by Sinclair Lewis]
ˈBabbittry, ˈbabbitry n

babbitt

(ˈbæbɪt)
vb
(Mechanical Engineering) (tr) to line (a bearing) or face (a surface) with Babbitt metal or a similar soft alloy

bab•bitt

(ˈbæb ɪt)

n.
1. a bearing or lining of Babbitt metal.
v.t.
2. to line, face, or furnish with Babbitt metal.
[1900–05]

Bab•bitt

(ˈbæb ɪt)

n.
1. Irving, 1865–1933, U.S. educator and critic.
2. Milton Byron, born 1916, U.S. composer.
3. (often l.c.) a self-satisfied person who conforms to conventional middle-class ideals, esp. of material success: from the title character of a novel (1922) by Sinclair Lewis.

babbitt


Past participle: babbitted
Gerund: babbitting

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
I am babbitting
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Present Perfect
I have babbitted
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Past Continuous
I was babbitting
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Past Perfect
I had babbitted
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Future
I will babbitt
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Future Perfect
I will have babbitted
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Future Continuous
I will be babbitting
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been babbitting
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been babbitting
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been babbitting
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Conditional
I would babbitt
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Past Conditional
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Babbitt

A soft metal used as a bearing lining. It was usually a mixture of tin (fifty parts), antimony (five parts), and copper (one part).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Babbitt  - an alloy of tin with some copper and antimonybabbitt - an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony; a lining for bearings that reduces friction
alloy, metal - a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten; "brass is an alloy of zinc and copper"
Verb1.babbitt - line with a Babbitt metal
line - cover the interior of; "line the gloves"; "line a chimney"
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