babbitt


babbitt
1. noun
a) Babbitt metal.

One speaks of a babbitt habit, a babbitt era. Nothing is more true. America recognized itself in Babbitt, it demurred, but it also admired.

b) A person who subscribes complacently to materialistic middle-class ideals

[...] a "babbitt" is a person full of self-confident bluster who is nevertheless a narrowminded philistine and a hypocrite.

2. verb
To line with babbitt metal to reduce friction.

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