Baboos



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.
Contemporary Examples

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

Historical Examples

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

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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