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noun
  1. A Hindu title of respect, equivalent to Mr.; hence, a Hindu gentleman or official.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, "His Chance in Life", Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 57:
    • :The Babu put on his cap and quietly dropped out of the window
bearer Tweet Definition of bearer Like Definition of bearer on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, generally) One who bears.
  2. Someone who helps carry the coffin or a dead body during a funeral procession.
  3. A domestic servant in India.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, "Watches of the Night", Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 60:
    • :The bar of the watch-guard worked through the buttonhole, and the watch"Platte's watch"slid quietly on to the carpet; where the found it next morning and kept it.
beedi Tweet Definition of beedi Like Definition of beedi on Facebook
noun
  1. a thin, often flavored, Indian cigarette made of tobacco wrapped in a tendu leaf
Begum Tweet Definition of Begum Like Definition of Begum on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a Muslim honorific for a high-ranking woman, with its origin in India and Pakistan, that has become a surname in the west
bidi Tweet Definition of bidi Like Definition of bidi on Facebook
noun
  1. a beedi
buck Tweet Definition of buck Like Definition of buck on Facebook
noun
  1. A male deer or goat.
  2. A male rabbit or hare.
  3. A male of other species, such as the ferret.
  4. An uncastrated sheep, a ram.
  5. (context, US, Canadian English, colloquial) A dollar (one hundred cents).
  6. (context, Canadian English, colloquial) By extension, one hundred of anything.
The police caught me driving a -forty on the freeway.
  1. (context , North America, derogatory) A black or Native American man.
  2. A young buck; an adventurous or high-spirited young man.
  3. (context, UK, obsolete) Hence, a fop or dandy.
  4. (rfv-sense) (poker) A plastic disc used to represent the player in dealer position.
  5. blame, Blame; responsibility; scapegoating; finger-pointing.
    • w:Harry S. Truman, Harry S. Truman,
    • : The stops here.
verb
  1. Of a horse: to rise sharply up on its hind legs.
  2. Of a horse: to leap upward arching its back.
1848: At the same time we got speared, the horses got speared too, and jumped and bucked all about — Statement by Jackey Jackey (an Aborigine) published in William Carron Narrative of an Expedition Undertaken Under the Direction of the Late Mr. Assistant Surveyor E. B. Kennedy (http://gutenberg.net.au/plusfifty.html
carron at Project Gutenberg Australia)
  1. By extension, to move in any sharp or jerking manner.
  2. By extension, to resist obstinately.

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