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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.]
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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
(Mechanical Engineering) (tr) to line (a bearing) or face (a surface) with Babbitt metal or a similar soft alloy
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1. a bearing or lining of Babbitt metal.v.t.
2. to line, face, or furnish with Babbitt metal.
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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Past participle: babbitted
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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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|Noun||1.||babbitt - an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony; a lining for bearings that reduces friction|
|Verb||1.||babbitt - line with a Babbitt metal|
line - cover the interior of; "line the gloves"; "line a chimney"
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