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ba·bualso 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.]
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(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]
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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.
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