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.
The few resident males are either biological sons or “baboos” (lovers) of the successful madams.
‘Whores’ Glory’: An Interview With Michael Glawogger Tracy Quan April 27, 2012
Bengali baboos vainly petitioned the British government to pass the bill in all its integrity.
India Under British Rule James Talboys Wheeler
In the evening the Maharajah gave a party to all the native notabilities of the city; great attendance of baboos.
Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
Karlee had not served the Sahibs, and observed “Young Bengal” baboos, in vain.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 110, December, 1866 Various
The great purveyor was right, because the baboos give large orders and pay regularly for fear of exposure.
The Hindoos as they Are Shib Chunder Bose
He was very polite himself and made the most beautiful bows to all the baboos.
Barty Crusoe and His Man Saturday Frances Hodgson Burnett
Recognising the baboos as the immediate cause of their disturbance, they attacked them with indomitable courage.
Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier James Inglis
(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
n. 1690s, from French babouche, from Arabic babush, from Persian papush, from pa “foot” (related to Avestan pad-, see foot (n.)) + posh “covering.” Arabic, lacking a -p-, regularly converts -p- in foreign words to -b-. Historical Examples Mouley came shuffling up in his babouche slippers and we both ordered another schooner of beer. I’m […]
a wooden grating used by Indians in South America for roasting and drying food.
a female given name, form of Barbara. abbreviated form of Bab ed-Din. Contemporary Examples And, who does Babs think has been her core audience all these years? Streisand’s Gay Sex Problem, and the Death of the Gay Icon Tim Teeman May 22, 2014 Tucked into the couch next to Babs and the gang, Obama oozes […]
Roger Ward, 1875–1967, U.S. statistician and businessman. Contemporary Examples And as this map shows, there are now five Soofas in Boston proper as well as two in the suburb of Babson. Parks and Regeneration The Daily Beast November 2, 2014 Historical Examples Babson was less jocular with Una than with the bouncing girls who were […]