Idioms

    burst someone’s bubble, to diminish someone’s enthusiasm or optimism, especially with a reminder of sobering facts or realistic expectations.

Origin of bubble

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English noun bobel; cognate with Middle Dutch bobbel, bubbel, Middle Low German bubbele, Swedish bubbla

Related forms

bub·ble·less, adjectivebub·ble·like, adjectivebub·bling·ly, adverb

Can be confused

babble bauble bubble
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British Dictionary definitions for bubble

bubble

/ (ˈbʌbəl) /

noun


verb

See also bubble under

Word Origin for bubble

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish bubbla, Danish boble, Dutch bobbel, all of imitative origin
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Culture definitions for bubble

bubble

A period of wild speculation in which the price of a commodity or stock or an entire market is inflated far beyond its real value. Bubbles are said to “burst” when a general awareness of the folly emerges and the price drops.


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