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[buhb] /bʌb/
noun, Slang.
(used as an often insolent term of address) brother; buddy.
Origin of bub
1830-40, Americanism; perhaps < German Bub, short for Bube boy Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bub
Historical Examples
  • You see we're on our way to Shopton, an' my nephew, bub, he went along.

  • Don't you fret, bub, the cap'n'll be here for you some time to-night.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • You see, bub, that story has gone the length of Mexico, and even over to Spain.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • No, don't you lose any hair, bub; I'll get even with Roaring Dick.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • bub Quinn and his Aggy were sitting side by side in stony silence.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • Was I going to speak to bub, when his father accused mine of stealing?

  • I insist on your telling me all about bub and the money, since I was accused of having it.

  • bub and I looked at each other, and then we ran in together.

  • And so the sins of the father, bub—but we won't talk of that.

    In Our Town William Allen White
  • Addicks, observing the deep sobs, asked: "What's the matter with you, bub?"

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
British Dictionary definitions for bub


(US, informal) fellow; youngster: used as a form of address
(Austral & NZ, slang)
  1. a baby
  2. bubs grade, the first grade of schooling; nursery school
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from German Bube boy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bub

familiar address for males, 1839, perhaps a variation of bud "a little boy" (1848), American English colloquial; perhaps from German bube "boy," or from English brother.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bub

bub 1


boob, tit (1960+)

bub 2


A man; fellow; brother; guy •Used in direct address, with a slightly insulting intent: Okay, bub, get the hell outta my way

[1830s+; fr bubba fr brother]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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