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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.
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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
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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.
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babbitt


Past participle: babbitted
Gerund: babbitting

Imperative
babbitt
babbitt
Present
I babbitt
you babbitt
he/she/it babbitts
we babbitt
you babbitt
they babbitt
Preterite
I babbitted
you babbitted
he/she/it babbitted
we babbitted
you babbitted
they babbitted
Present Continuous
I am babbitting
you are babbitting
he/she/it is babbitting
we are babbitting
you are babbitting
they are babbitting
Present Perfect
I have babbitted
you have babbitted
he/she/it has babbitted
we have babbitted
you have babbitted
they have babbitted
Past Continuous
I was babbitting
you were babbitting
he/she/it was babbitting
we were babbitting
you were babbitting
they were babbitting
Past Perfect
I had babbitted
you had babbitted
he/she/it had babbitted
we had babbitted
you had babbitted
they had babbitted
Future
I will babbitt
you will babbitt
he/she/it will babbitt
we will babbitt
you will babbitt
they will babbitt
Future Perfect
I will have babbitted
you will have babbitted
he/she/it will have babbitted
we will have babbitted
you will have babbitted
they will have babbitted
Future Continuous
I will be babbitting
you will be babbitting
he/she/it will be babbitting
we will be babbitting
you will be babbitting
they will be babbitting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been babbitting
you have been babbitting
he/she/it has been babbitting
we have been babbitting
you have been babbitting
they have been babbitting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been babbitting
you will have been babbitting
he/she/it will have been babbitting
we will have been babbitting
you will have been babbitting
they will have been babbitting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been babbitting
you had been babbitting
he/she/it had been babbitting
we had been babbitting
you had been babbitting
they had been babbitting
Conditional
I would babbitt
you would babbitt
he/she/it would babbitt
we would babbitt
you would babbitt
they would babbitt
Past Conditional
I would have babbitted
you would have babbitted
he/she/it would have babbitted
we would have babbitted
you would have babbitted
they would have babbitted
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011

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).
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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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