American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of babu.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See babu.
- n. Dated form of babu.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A Hindu gentleman; a native clerk who writes English; also, a Hindu title equivalent to the English Mr. or Esquire.
- n. used as a Hindi courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'
“Once again the 'baboo' bureaucracy in Pakistan went to the extreme to screw the very people who sweat day in and day out to pay their salaries.”
“Literature, "and is well stocked with" baboo "English -- clerkly English, hooky English, acquired in the schools.”
“I had a messenger from him today with a flannel undershirt which I had left behind like a gibbering idiot; and perpetrated in reply another baboo letter.”
“A career woman, marital artist, take-no-prisoners gal who now got mushy whenever her little baboo smiled at her.”
“Toni was going to have to take some time off from work to watch the baboo.”
“The impassive European, with all the proud consciousness of a conquering race; the half-Europeanized baboo; the deposed rajah, -- all may be seen driving to and fro in splendid equipages, drawn by handsome steeds, and followed by servants in gay Oriental attire.”
“The native staff of a garden consists of, say, two baboos, or book-keepers and clerks, a doctor baboo, sirdars or overseers, and chowkidars or line watchmen.”
“His head baboo begged me to come over and take charge, if only to reassure the coolies, who had been running off into the jungle on the report of a threatened Naga raid.”
“Drafting skills and the associated engineering knowledge were not generally appreciated; an Indian corporal, a Company Office clerk, a baboo, looked in one day, viewed the work being done and said with an air of complete confidence in his abilities, "You show me sergeant -- three days I do your job.”
“Looked at from this point of view, the baboo is not such an insignificant being as he appears to be considered. ”
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