Definition of babu in English:

babu

noun

Indian
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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. 1.1 An office worker; a clerk.
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Confusion prevailed even at the gates with each passing babu passing orders to the gate keeper to allow or restrict the entry of people.’
      • ‘Click your mobile camera for our police babu dozing off at night duty.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

From Hindi bābū, literally ‘father’.

Pronunciation

babu

/ˈbäbo͞o/