bab

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See also: Bab. and báb

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Clipping of babby (babber)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bæb/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æb

Noun[edit]

bab (plural babs)

  1. (UK, informal) Baby
  2. (fishing, East Anglia) A bait for eels, consisting of a bundle of live worms.
    • 2006 February 1, Meiklejohn, John, “Babbing for eels”, in BBC - WW2 People's War[1]:
      The worms were threaded onto the yarn until we had 4 or 5 feet of big juicy worms threaded through. We would coil it all up and put an old rusty nut at the centre and tie it on a bit of string on an old ash pole — this was the bab.

Synonyms[edit]

Verb[edit]

bab (third-person singular simple present babs, present participle babbing, simple past and past participle babbed)

  1. (intransitive, fishing, East Anglia) To fish for eels using a bab.
    • 1884, Davies, George Christopher, Norfolk Broads and Rivers, W. Blackwood and sons, page 244:
      The babbers follow the eels, and you may see fifteen boats as close together as possible, babbing away, and catching as much as four stone-weight of eels per boat of a night.
    • 1948, Guy, William, Mostly Memories: Some Digressions, C. J. Cousland, page 24:
      Sometimes we trolled or set liggers for pike, we seldom babbed for eels, it was such a slimy job.
    • 2006 February 1, Meiklejohn, John, “Babbing for eels”, in BBC - WW2 People's War[2]:
      Another classic example was babbing for eels; he would come along and say — ‘Goodnight for babbing, make you some babs’.

Anagrams[edit]


Haitian Creole[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French barbe

Noun[edit]

bab

  1. beard, whiskers

Derived terms[edit]


Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a Slavic language, compare Serbo-Croatian bob, Slovak bôb, Russian боб (bob, bean), from Proto-Slavic *bobъ.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bab (plural babok)

  1. bean
    Synonyms: (regional) fuszulyka, (regional) paszuly, (obsolete; today “peas”) borsó

Declension[edit]

Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative bab babok
accusative babot babokat
dative babnak baboknak
instrumental babbal babokkal
causal-final babért babokért
translative babbá babokká
terminative babig babokig
essive-formal babként babokként
essive-modal
inessive babban babokban
superessive babon babokon
adessive babnál baboknál
illative babba babokba
sublative babra babokra
allative babhoz babokhoz
elative babból babokból
delative babról babokról
ablative babtól baboktól
non-attributive
possessive - singular
babé baboké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
babéi babokéi
Possessive forms of bab
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. babom babjaim
2nd person sing. babod babjaid
3rd person sing. babja babjai
1st person plural babunk babjaink
2nd person plural babotok babjaitok
3rd person plural babjuk babjaik

Derived terms[edit]

Compound words with this term at the beginning
Compound words with this term at the end

Further reading[edit]

  • bab in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN
  • bab in Ittzés, Nóra (ed.). A magyar nyelv nagyszótára (’A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 2006–2031 (work in progress; published A–ez as of 2022)

Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Malay bab. From Arabic بَاب(bāb).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bab (plural bab-bab, first-person possessive babku, second-person possessive babmu, third-person possessive babnya)

  1. chapter
  2. door, gate
    Synonyms: gapura, pintu
  3. case, matter
    Synonyms: hal, masalah

Further reading[edit]


Irish[edit]

Noun[edit]

bab m (genitive singular bab, nominative plural babanna)

  1. Alternative form of bob (bob; fringe)

Noun[edit]

bab m (genitive singular bab, nominative plural babanna)

  1. Alternative form of bob (stump, target)

Declension[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
bab bhab mbab
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]


Malay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic بَاب(bāb)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bab (Jawi spelling باب‎, plural bab-bab, informal 1st possessive babku, 2nd possessive babmu, 3rd possessive babnya)

  1. chapter (section in a book)

Further reading[edit]


Meriam[edit]

Noun[edit]

bab

  1. father or paternal uncle

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

bab

  1. Alternative form of babe

Northern Kurdish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

bab m

  1. father

Palauan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Pre-Palauan *babo, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *babaw, from Proto-Austronesian *babaw.

Adjective[edit]

bab

  1. above, top

Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bap/
  • Rhymes: -ap
  • Syllabification: bab

Noun[edit]

bab f

  1. genitive plural of baba

Rohingya[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit वप्र (vapra). Cognate with Sylheti ꠛꠣꠙ (baf), Assamese বাপ (bap), Bengali বাপ (bap), Hindi बाप (bāp)

Noun[edit]

bab (Hanifi spelling 𐴁𐴝𐴁𐴢)

  1. father
    Synonym: baf

Romagnol[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bab m (plural bëb)

  1. Alternative form of ba
    • 1920, Olindo Guerrini, Zanichelli, editor, Sonetti romagnoli, published 1967:
      Allora e' babb d' sta bela zuvintò
      And then the father of this beautiful youth

References[edit]

  • Masotti, Adelmo (1999) Vocabolario Romagnolo Italiano (in Italian), Zanichelli, page 51

Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Puter, Vallader) bap

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin *babbus. Compare Sardinian babbu.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bab m (plural babs)

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Surmiran) father

Coordinate terms[edit]

See also[edit]

  • pader (term to address a priest or monk)

Scots[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Compare bob, likely cognate of English bob, from Middle English bobben (to strike, to shake).

Verb[edit]

bab (third-person singular simple present babs, present participle babbin, simple past bab'd, past participle bab'd)

  1. synonym of bob (to move up and down)
  2. to dance, to hop
    • 1733, Allan Ramsay, “Christ’s Kirk on the Green”, in Poems by Allan Ramsay[3], page 52:
      The lasses bab’d about the reel / Gar’d a’ their hurdies wallop
      The girls danced around the ring / Making their bottoms gallop

Etymology 2[edit]

From older Scots bob; compare Middle English bobbe (cluster of fruit; spray of leaves).

Noun[edit]

bab (plural babs)

  1. nosegay, a bunch of flowers; a tassel, a bunch of ribbons
  2. (in compounds) something fine, something decorated
    wooer baba garter tied below the knee
  3. a lump, dollop
  4. (figuratively) a lumpish person, an idiot

Etymology 3[edit]

From Northern Middle English bab, a variant of babe

Noun[edit]

bab (plural babs)

  1. (obsolete) a babe, baby

References[edit]


Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun[edit]

bab m (genitive singular baba, plural baban or babannan)

  1. tuft, tassel
  2. child's excrement (hence abab)
  3. stain
    Bithidh sin 'n a bhab air fhad 's is beò e.
    That will be a stain on him as long as he lives.

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Edward Dwelly (1911), “bab”, in Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan [The Illustrated Gaelic–English Dictionary], 10th edition, Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, →ISBN
  • A Pronouncing and Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language (John Grant, Edinburgh, 1925, Complied by Malcolm MacLennan)

Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bab

  1. Soft mutation of pab.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
pab bab mhab phab
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Zazaki[edit]

Noun[edit]

bab (m)

  1. father (sort form)