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also ba·boo  (bä′bo͞o)
n. pl. ba·bus also ba·boos
1. Used as a Hindi courtesy title for a man, equivalent to Mr.
a. A Hindu clerk who is literate in English.
b. Offensive A South Asian who has acquired some superficial education in English.

[Hindi bābū, father.]


(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
[Hindi, literally: father]


(ˈbɑ bu)

n. (in S Asia, esp. under British rule)
1. (a term used to refer to a native Indian clerical employee with a knowledge of English.)
2. Usually Disparaging. (a term used to refer to any culturally Anglicized, English-speaking South Asian.)
[1875–80; < Hindi bābū, a title equivalent to Sir or Mr., literally, father]
usage: Definition 2 is usually used with disparaging intent, implying that the English of such persons is florid and unidiomatic.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.babu - used as a Hindi courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"
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He went to India with his capital, and there, according to a wild legend in our family, he was once seen riding on an elephant, in company with a Baboon; but I think it must have been a Baboo - or a Begum.
The federal government was exerting undue pressure on gas utilities to pour their treasure in LNG but the obstinate managing director SNGPL Arif Hameed refused to bow to petroleum ministry baboos pressure.
His car was found abandoned in Baboos area near Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, this morning, said Abid, who added tribal elders had launched efforts to secure the engineer's release.
We have to work strenuously for the behavioural change of the baboos, who have developed the habit of negligence," Dr Malik said and deplored that during his visit to Civil Secretariat some of the government employees raised slogans in favour of the absent bureaucrats which is entirely unethical as we sincerely want remedy to the structural breakdown.
A resident of the Baboos area, Rafiullah, said police fired at 50 rockets into the area after the attack on their headquarters.
PRAL has become a white elephant for national exchequer; at the same time it is a blessing for Baboos that have made a fortune by exploiting inbuilt weaknesses in the system.