Origin of babbittafter George Babbitt, title character of a satirical novel (1922) by Sinclair Lewis
Origin of BabbittAfter George F. Babbitt , the main character in the novel Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
- Babbitt metal.
(third-person singular simple present babbitts, present participle babbitting, simple past and past participle babbitted)
- To line with Babbitt metal to reduce friction.
Named for American inventor Isaac Babbitt (1799–1862)
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).