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Bulgarian

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /'babə/

Noun

баба f. (bába)

  1. grandmother, grandma, granny, gran
  2. old woman, goody, granny
  3. mother-in-law (one’s wife’s mother)
  4. midwife, wise woman
  5. wise woman, sorceress, witch
  6. woman, weakling, milksop, mollycoddle, molly, old maid
  7. monkey

Inflection

Singular Plural
Indefinite баба баби
Definite бабата бабите
Vocative form бабо баби



Old Church Slavonic

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *baba.

Noun

баба (baba) f.

  1. wet nurse

Descendants


Russian

Pronunciation

Noun

баба (bába) f., бабы (báby) pl.

  1. (disdainful) woman, countrywoman
    Все ба́бы — ду́ры; все мужики́сво́лочи"Every woman is stupid, every man a bastard" (Russian folklore)
  2. (childish) grandma, granny (short for бабушка)
    Мам, а где ба́ба?Mom, where’s grandma?
  3. (informal or archaic) old woman (short for бабушка)
    Жи́ли-бы́ли дед да ба́баThere once lived an old man and his old woman.
  4. (obsolete) peasant’s wife, peasant woman
  5. (weak man) milksop, old woman
  6. (technical) ram (of pile driver)
  7. (technical) drop weight
  8. (cooking) baba (tall, cylindrical cake)
    ро́мовая ба́баrum baba, rum cake
  9. сне́жная ба́баsnowman
  10. ка́менная ба́ба — primitive stone statue

Declension

Singular Plural
nominative ба́ба ба́бы
genitive ба́бы баб
dative ба́бе ба́бам
accusative ба́бу баб
instrumental ба́бой ба́бами
prepositional о ба́бе о ба́бах

Related terms


Serbian

Noun

баба f. (plural бабе) (Roman spelling baba)

  1. grandmother
  2. grandma
  3. granny
  4. old woman

Declension

Declension of баба Singular Plural
Nominative баба бабе
Genitive бабе баба
Dative баби бабама
Accusative бабу бабе
Vocative бабо бабе
Instrumental бабом бабама
Locative баби бабама

Ukrainian

Noun

баба (bába) f.

  1. grandmother, granny, old woman (in some cases maternal grandmother only).
  2. name of a special, delicate ritual bread that is blessed by a priest at Easter (also called бабка, babka).
  3. a name given to сніp (snip) at Christmas, a sheaf of grain (wheat or rye), brought into the home for Christmas Eve supper (sviatá vechéra), placed in a corner of the room and later fed to livestock or cattle.
  4. a fortune teller or witch, practising the art of віск зливати (wax pouring).
  5. sexy bitch (girlfriend or wife).

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