babbo

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *babbus, childish term of onomatopoeic origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbab.bo/, [ˈbäbbo̞]
  • Rhymes: -abbo
  • Stress: bàbbo
  • Hyphenation: bab‧bo

Noun[edit]

babbo m (plural babbi)

  1. (regional, central Italy, familiar) dad, daddy
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno [The Divine Comedy: Hell] (paperback, in Italian), 12th edition, Le Monnier, published 1994, Canto XXXII, lines 7–9, page 471:
      ché non è impresa da pigliare a gabbo ¶ discriver fondo a tutto l'universo, ¶ né da lingua che chiami mamma o babbo.
      For 'tis no enterprise to take in jest, ¶ to sketch the bottom of all the universe, ¶ nor for a tongue that cries for Mom or Dad.

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