from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A narrow-minded, self-satisfied person with an unthinking attachment to middle-class values and materialism.
- Babbitt, Irving 1865-1933. American humanist and scholar whose New Humanism movement sought to revive interest in classical virtues in literary criticism.
- Babbitt, Milton Byron Born 1916. American composer whose works, including Vision and Prayer (1961) for soprano and synthesizer, combine serial music and electronic effects.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who subscribes complacently to materialistic middle-class ideals
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To line with Babbitt metal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. line with a Babbitt metal
- n. an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony; a lining for bearings that reduces friction
After George F. Babbitt, the main character in the novel Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after the title character in Sinclair Lewis' 1922 novel, Babbit. Also popularised by the George and Ira Gershwin song "The Babbitt and the Bromide," featured first in the 1927 musical "Funny Face" and later in the film Ziegfeld Follies (1945). (Wiktionary)