[ buhb-uh ]
/ ˈbʌb ə /

noun, plural bub·bas.

Chiefly Southern U.S. brother (usually used as an affectionate term of address).
Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to an uneducated Southern white male.

Nearby words

  1. buba madre,
  2. bubal,
  3. bubaline,
  4. bubalis,
  5. bubas,
  6. bubble,
  7. bubble and squeak,
  8. bubble bath,
  9. bubble bowl,
  10. bubble car

Origin of bubba

First recorded in 1860–65

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Word Origin and History for bubba



Southern U.S. slang, 1860s, a corruption of brother.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper