Baboo



babu.
a Hindu title of address equivalent to Sir, Mr., or Esquire.
a Hindu gentleman.
a native Indian clerk who can write English.
Usually Disparaging. any native Indian having only a limited knowledge of English.
Historical Examples

But baboo Dass swore he had seen a beast with his hands on the window.
The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser

The baboo produced a piece of paper, over which they bent their heads.
The Burglars’ Club Henry A. Hering

Realising who his rescuers were, baboo Dass gave way to tears of relief, and in this momentary abstraction framed an alibi.
The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser

The baboo entered, limp and crestfallen, in charge of two stablemen.
The Burglars’ Club Henry A. Hering

Of course baboo went, much to the disgust of Aboo Din, the syce.
Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman

I interrupted her; and worse, she took me for a champion of the baboo!
Carlyon Sahib Gilbert Murray

baboo Ram Gopal on principle never wounded her feelings by interfering with her religious belief.
The Hindoos as they Are Shib Chunder Bose

Balwant Singh came back with the baboo when he had delivered this message.
The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser

We put the best face on the matter, congratulated the baboo with very bad grace, and asked him to get the skin cut up properly.
Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier James Inglis

And baboo Dass stopped sobbing while he made this momentous announcement.
The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser

noun
(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

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