babau

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

babau m (invariable)

  1. ogre
  2. bogey man

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Tupi mbau.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

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!