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EtymologyEdit

From Latin balbus.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

babau (feminine babaua, masculine plural babaus, feminine plural babaues)

  1. silly

ItalianEdit

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NounEdit

babau m (invariable)

  1. ogre
  2. bogeyman
    Synonyms: castigamatti, spauracchio, orco

OccitanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Occitan baboe, babau, from Latin babalus.

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babau

  1. stupid, idiotic

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NounEdit

babau m

  1. (zoology) bug, insect
  2. bogeyman

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Old FrenchEdit

NounEdit

babau f

  1. Alternative form of baboe

Old OccitanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin babalus.

AdjectiveEdit

babau m

  1. foolish, idiotic, stupid

DescendantsEdit


PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Tupi mbau.

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InterjectionEdit

babau

  1. used when something is lost forever
    • 1999, Marceu Vieira, Nada, não: e outras crônicas, Mauad, page 68:
      O menino podia descobrir seu segredo, ficar enojado e aí babau _ as pretensões infantis de Heleninha iriam para o brejo.
      The boy could find out her secret, become disgusted and then babau _ little Helen’s childish pretensions would go down the drain.
    • Bernardo Élis, A enxada in 2006 (originally 1976), Alfredo Bosi, O conto brasileiro contemporâneo, Editora Cultrix, page 101:
      A notícia espantou o vigário que, em pessoa, acompanhado de Piano, revirou o porão da casa e rebuscou o quintal. Infelizmente, babau enxada!
      The news surprised the vicar who, in person, accompanied by Piano, combed the house’s basement and searched the backyard. Unfortunately, babau hoe!

RomanianEdit

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babau

  1. Alternative form of baubau