- Also called speculative bubble, asset price bubble. an inflated speculation that causes an unsustainable increase in the value of goods, property, or other investment: The real-estate bubble ruined many investors when it burst.
- a sudden, temporary change or divergence from a trend: In May there was a bubble in car sales, with three percent more being sold than last year.
verb (used without object), bub·bled, bub·bling.
verb (used with object), bub·bled, bub·bling.
Origin of bubble
Related Words for bubbledroplet, balloon, foam, blob, froth, fester, gurgle, churn, seep, smolder, burble, sparkle, erupt, seethe, simmer, percolate, trickle, stir, boil, gush
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Contemporary Examples of bubble
Even as early as December 4, remarks from inside the bubble were cryptic and frightened.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack
December 19, 2014
All sorts of government policies blew that bubble up until it popped.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
It appears that, rather than having burst, the comic book “bubble” is just getting started.
With any luck, the comic book “bubble” will never pop, but all golden ages must eventually come to an end.
He cites the example of the Bubble Sisters, a four-piece girl group that made its debut in 2003.Black K-Pop Fans Come Out of the Closet
August 31, 2014
Historical Examples of bubble
The crest is a bubble, and really the effect produced by it is most ludicrous.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The captain's triumphant exuberance continued to bubble over.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
His mother listened for the simmer and bubble of the water on the fire.The Shadow of a Crime
The wild justice of this idea made the blood to bubble in his ears.The Manxman
Life itself is a bubble and a skepticism, and a sleep within a sleep.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Word Origin for bubble
early 14c., perhaps from Middle Dutch bobbel (n.) and/or Middle Low German bubbeln (v.), all probably of echoic origin. Bubble bath first recorded 1949. Of financial schemes originally in South Sea Bubble (1590s), on notion of "fragile and insubstantial."
mid-15c., perhaps from bubble (n.) and/or from Middle Low German bubbeln (v.), probably of echoic origin. Related: Bubbled; bubbling.