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From Vulgar Latin *bábbọ, accusative-ablative form of *bábbọs, childish term of onomatopoeic origin.


  • IPA(key): /ˈ
  • Rhymes: -abbo
  • Hyphenation: bàb‧bo



babbo m (plural babbi)

  1. (regional, central Italy, Florentine, informal) dad, daddy
    Synonyms: padre, papà
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno [The Divine Comedy: Hell], 12th edition (paperback), Le Monnier, published 1994, Canto XXXII, page 471, lines 7–9:
      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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