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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 Stranger Here Myself Dallas McCord Reynolds


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