ba·bu also ba·boo (bäb)
n. pl. ba·bus also ba·boos
1. 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.
[Hindi bābū, father.]
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