babu, baboo

(noun) used as a Hindi courtesy title; equivalent to English ‘Mr’

Source: WordNet® 3.1



babu (plural babus)

(Indian English) A Hindu title of respect, equivalent to Mr, usually appended to the surname of a Hindu man [from 18th c.]

(Indian English) (Originally) a Hindu gentleman employed to work as a clerk for the colonial administration; now, a clerk or low-ranking government official. [from 19th c.]

Proper noun

Babu (plural Babus)

A surname.


• According to the 2010 United States Census, Babu is the 18478th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 1496 individuals. Babu is most common among Asian/Pacific Islander (88.84%) individuals.

Source: Wiktionary

Ba"boo, Ba"bu, n. Etym: [Hind. bab ]

Definition: A Hindoo gentleman; native clerk who writes English; also, a Hindoo title answering to Mr. or Esquire. Whitworth.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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