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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"
References in classic literature ?
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.
I visited Pak Embassy which is impossible for a labour because of dealing style of baboos, sitting in the compound generally
The case has now resuscitated since the appointment of Justice Javed Iqbal as chairman NAB but now the foreign office baboos are allegedly not cooperating with investigators.
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.
PTA is currently without a Chairman and Members, first time in its history, due to meddling of previous Government which wanted to appoint its handpicked and blue eyed baboos in order to capture the lucrative multibillion dollar telecom sector and forthcoming 3G auction.
When the sector is in a bullish mood, Baboos are the major hurdle before putting alternative energy in the top gear.
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.