babu

babu

[bah-boo] (in India, especially under British rule)
noun
1.
a Hindu title of address equivalent to Sir, Mr., or Esquire.
2.
a Hindu gentleman.
3.
a native Indian clerk who can write English.
4.
Usually Disparaging. any native Indian having only a limited knowledge of English.
Also, baboo.


Origin:
1875–80; < Hindi bābū


The term babu English refers to florid, overly polite, and unidiomatic English regarded as characteristic of native Indians who have limited proficiency in English.
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babu (ˈbɑːbuː)
 
n
(in India) a title or form of address more or less equivalent to Mr, placed before a person's full name or after his first name
 
[Hindi, literally: father]

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