One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A respectful title or form of address for a man, especially an educated one.‘I could see Kana-babu's shop’
- ‘Dilip had already done a market survey, and located potential customers, usually villagers who were in the process of building houses - like Ghosh babu.’
- ‘No, we are not saying that some famous Bengali babu is coming here to enlighten us on the finer aspects of their admirably rich tradition.’
- ‘Right at that moment, a young boy, hardly 20 or even younger, looked up at me and said sardonically, ‘To propitiate the gods, babu, we do not have to look up these days.’’
- ‘The college in which we studied was in some ways an incubation chamber for babus.’
- ‘Their fantasy of Englishness did not include the literary Bengali babu, for whom they felt contempt and distrust.’
- 1.1 An office worker.‘he was a typical babu, polite and faintly scornful’
- ‘Many of the more experienced contenders have spent decades trying to convince an obstinate babu that they are not dead as shown in Government records.’
- ‘How many babu's would lose jobs if slums ceased to exist?’
- ‘Why should I wait for some babu to be available to get things rolling?’
- ‘Click your mobile camera for our police babu dozing off at night duty.’
- ‘Confusion prevailed even at the gates with each passing babu passing orders to the gate keeper to allow or restrict the entry of people.’
From Hindi bābū, literally ‘father’.
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