- in India, a title equivalent to Mr. or sir used in addressing a man who is a Hindu
- in India, an indigenous clerk who can write English: used disparagingly, esp. in the phrase Babu English, to suggest a less-than-adequate command of the language
Origin of babuHindi b?b?, literally , father
nounpl. ba·bus also ba·boos
- Used as a Hindi courtesy title for a man, equivalent to Mr.
- a. A Hindu clerk who is literate in English.b. Offensive A South Asian who has acquired some superficial education in English.
Origin of babuHindi bab&umacron;, father.
From Hindi बाबू (bābū)