Babbitt

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations'Babbitt', 'babbitt': /ˈbæbɪt/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(babit)


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Babbitt /ˈbæbɪt/ n
  1. US derogatory a narrow-minded and complacent member of the middle class
Etymology: 20th Century: after George Babbitt, central character in the novel Babbitt (1922) by Sinclair Lewis

ˈBabbittry n
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bab•bitt  (babit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. MetallurgySee  Babbitt metal. 
  2. Metallurgya bearing or lining of Babbitt metal.

adj. 
  1. Metallurgypertaining to or made of Babbitt metal.

v.t. 
  1. Metallurgyto line, face, or furnish with Babbitt metal.
  • short for Babbitt metal 1900–05

Bab•bitt  (babit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalIrving, 1865–1933, U.S. educator and critic.
  2. BiographicalMilton Byron, born 1916, U.S. composer.
  3. (italics) a novel (1922) by Sinclair Lewis.
  4. (often l.c.) a self-satisfied person who conforms readily to conventional, middle-class ideas and ideals, esp. of business and material success;
    Philistine: from the main character in the novel by Sinclair Lewis.

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babbitt /ˈbæbɪt/ vb
  1. (transitive) to line (a bearing) or face (a surface) with Babbitt metal or a similar soft alloy
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