Babbitt meaning

băbĭt
Babbitt metal.
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A narrow-minded, self-satisfied person with an unthinking attachment to middle-class values and materialism.
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Babbitt metal.
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To line or cover with Babbitt metal.
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A smugly narrow and conventional person interested chiefly in business and social success; philistine.
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1916-2011; U.S. composer.
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To line with Babbitt metal to reduce friction.
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Origin of babbitt

  • 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 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

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

    From Wiktionary