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
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Examples from the Web for bub

Historical Examples of bub

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for bub



US informal fellow; youngster: used as a form of address
Australian and NZ slang
  1. a baby
  2. bubs gradethe first grade of schooling; nursery school

Word Origin for bub

C20: perhaps from German Bube boy
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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.

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