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Baboo \Ba"boo\, ||Babu \Ba"bu\ (b[aum]"b[=oo]), n. [Hind. b[=a]b[=u].] A Hindu gentleman; a native clerk who writes English; also, a Hindu title equivalent to the English Mr. or Esquire.


n. A Hindu title of respect, equivalent to Mr.; hence, a Hindu gentleman or official.


n : used as a Hindi courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr' [syn: baboo]


Babu may refer to:

  • Babu District, in Hezhou, Guangxi, China
  • Babu (title), South Asian term of respect (meaning 'boss' or 'father'), term also used to refer to Bureaucrats of various governments
  • Babu (name), list of people with this name
  • Babù, Anderson Rodney de Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • Babu (wrestling), ring name of Pablo Marquez, Ecuadorian wrestler
  • DJ Babu, Filipino-American DJ and member of Dilated Peoples
In media and culture
  • Babu (1971 film), a 1971 Tamil film starring Sivaji Ganesan
  • Babu (1975 film), a 1975 Telugu film starring Shobhan Babu
  • Babu (1985 film), a 1985 Hindi film starring Rajesh Khanna
  • Babu (2001 film), a 2001 Urdu film starring Zeba Bakhtiar
  • Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, character in the Rudyard Kipling novel Kim, mostly referred to as "Hurree Babu" or "the Babu"
Animals named Babu
  • Babu (red panda), red panda that disappeared from a nature centre in Birmingham in 2005

Babù real name Anderson Rodney de Oliveira (born 23 December 1980 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian football forward who currently plays for Roma.

Babu (title)

The title babu, also spelled baboo, is used in South Asia as a sign of respect towards men. It is a derivation of bapu which means father or grandfather. The honorific " ji" is sometimes added as a suffix to create the double honorific "babuji" which, in northern and eastern parts of India, is a term of respect for one's father. "Babuji" can also be used as a term of respect for any respected elder or man. In some Indian states, "babu" is also used as a generic word of respect to address men, especially unknown ones, e.g., "Babu, can you help me?"

In Bangla "babu" is used as suffix to a person's name to show respect while calling him by name e.g., "Mohan Babu, could you please come here?" In Bengal, the word Babu or Babushona is used more broadly, meaning baby or a little kid or one's child, especially to younger kids. In the Saurashtra language, "babu" may refer to a younger brother, male, (sibling). The term "babu" may be suffixed to a person's name, but the term "babuji" is always used by itself.

Babu (1985 film)

Babu is a 1985 film starring Rajesh Khanna in the lead role, supported by Hema Malini, Mala Sinha and Rati Agnihotri. Music is by Rajesh Rosahn. It is a remake of a Tamil film directed by A. C. Tirulokchandar from 1971 with the same name starring Shivaji Ganeshan, which in itself was a remake of the 1965 Malayalam film, Odayil Ninnu, a film adaptation of Malayalam writer P. Kesavadev's acclaimed novel of the same title.

Babu (name)

Babu is a common given name in India, also found in other cultures.

Babu (1975 film)

Babu is a 1975 Telugu drama film written by K. S. Prakash Rao and directed by K. Raghavendra Rao. The film stars Sobhan Babu, Vanisri and Lakshmi in key roles.

Babu (1971 film)

Babu (Tamil: பாபு) is a 1971 Indian Tamil film, directed by A. C. Trilogchander. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan, Vijayasree, Sowkar Janaki and Vennira Aadai Nirmala in lead roles. The film had musical score by M. S. Viswanathan. The film was a remake of Malayalam film Odayil Ninnu, which itself was based on Malayalam writer Kesavadev's novel of the same name.

Usage examples of "babu".

SOME DOUBTS Babu Janakdhari Prasad was a staunch coworker with me in Champaran.

The Googles ate of the babu root, perhaps ceremonially, and they forgot, and in the forgetting they sloughed their culture from them, retrogressing four entire culture pouits.

Wisdom and Reassurance from Other Mothers on Your First Year with Babu JEAN kunhardt, MA.

Back in the city there were offices and labs where the babus who really counted made the real choices.

Only Babu was indifferent to the outburst and to the searing stare that bored into him like a drill.

Mahisha, now unconcerned with Babu, paralleled the move in his cage in a fluid, effortless motion.

Aside from these there were a moon-faced Bengali babu, a dark Italian with flashing eyes and teeth, and a stout person of bovine Teutonic cast--the type that is sage, shrewd, easy-going when unopposed, but capable under provocation of exhibiting the most conscienceless brutality.

My esteemed friend Babu Jagadishnath Ray has kindly gone through the book, a task for which I had not leisure, and marked some of the salient points for me.

Chaitanya, however, as the Babu points out, was not the originator of this theory, but appears to have borrowed it from his neighbour Adwaita Acharjya, whose custom it was, after performing his daily ritual, to go to the banks of the Ganges and call aloud for the coming of the god who should substitute love and faith for mere rites and ceremonies.

There was no babu root waiting for the ship and the trader had raged up and down, calling forth upon all Googles dire maledictions combed from a score of languages and cultures.

The Englishman is not, as a rule, familiar with the Asiatic, but he would not strike across the wrist a kindly Babu who had accidentally upset a kilta with a red oilskin top.

The masks and dominoes made it particularly difficult for him to pick out any of the Satanists whom he had seen at the previous party, but after a little, he noticed a man with a dark-skinned, fleshy neck and thin, black hair whom he felt certain was the Babu, and a little later a tall, lank, fair-haired figure who was undoubtedly the Albino.

Those Sahibs, who cannot speak our talk, or the Babu, who for his own ends gave us money?

Then, for a man afflicted with varicose veins the Babu displayed amazing agility.