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  1. boubou.


or bu·bu

  1. a long, loose-fitting, brightly colored garment worn by both sexes in parts of Africa.

Origin of boubou

1960–65; < French < Malinke bubu
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Examples from the Web for bubu

Historical Examples

  • She would have nothing of the idea that Bubu was the basis of the countryside superstition.

    Ruth Fielding In the Red Cross

    Alice B. Emerson

  • Soon the “Bubu” calls to work once more, and the natives come creeping out of their huts, away from their ever-burning fires.

  • Suddenly, at night, a dismal cry is heard in the woods, which the boys are told is the Bubu calling for them.

  • Whether desperation drove him occasionally to Bubu le Vainqueur and his friends I do not know.

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke

  • It is foolish, Mademoiselle, to connect Bubu with the werwolf, and she shrugged her plump shoulders.

British Dictionary definitions for bubu


  1. a variant spelling of boubou



  1. a long flowing garment worn by men and women in Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and some other parts of Africa

Word Origin

a native name in Mali
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