Babbitt Definition

băbĭt
noun
Babbitt metal.
Webster's New World
A narrow-minded, self-satisfied person with an unthinking attachment to middle-class values and materialism.
American Heritage
A smugly narrow and conventional person interested chiefly in business and social success; philistine.
Webster's New World
verb
To line or cover with Babbitt metal.
Webster's New World
proper name
1916-2011; U.S. composer.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Babbitt

Noun

Singular:
babbitt
Plural:
babbitts

Origin of Babbitt

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • After George F. Babbitt , the main character in the novel Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Named for American inventor Isaac Babbitt (1799–1862)

    From Wiktionary

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