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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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Historical Examples
  • After supper, as father and I were passing the Ridlets, we heard bubs howls.

  • When you and bubs and Evelyn were up in those old buildings.

    Asteroid of Fear Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • Against that maddening silence, however, bubs presently had a helpful and unprompted suggestion: "Hey, Pop!"

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  • Wise enough not to clutch it with his bare hands, bubs came running with it held in a leaf.

    Asteroid of Fear Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • bubs mother would give her a big pat, with a bunch of grapes stamped on it.

  • I would hear bubs story through before giving him such a whipping.

British Dictionary definitions for bubs


(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
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Word Origin and History for bubs



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 bubs



A woman's breasts; boob2 (1900s+)

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.
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