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[buhb-uh l-guhm]
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  1. a type of chewing gum that can be blown into large bubbles through the lips.
  2. Slang. light rock-'n'-roll music characterized by simple, repetitive phrasing and lyrics.
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Origin of bubblegum

First recorded in 1935–40; bubble + gum1
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Word Origin and History for bubble-gum


1937, from bubble (n.) + gum (n.). Figurative of young teenager tastes or culture from the early 1960s.

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