- 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.
- bubble and squeak,
- bubble bath,
- bubble bowl,
- bubble car,
- bubble card
Origin of bubble
Examples from the Web for 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|James Poulos|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All sorts of government policies blew that bubble up until it popped.
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.
The bubble was carefully inspected, inside and out, and nothing was found.The Nothing Equation|Tom Godwin
Get a vessel of hot water, and put a phial into it, with the mouth downwards; the expanded air will bubble out.The Book of Curiosities|I. Platts
The bubble shells love sandy mud flats in which they bury themselves or find concealment under masses of sea weed.
I saw my soul a second time to-day; it was no longer the bubble, blown large, palpitating.The Journal of Arthur Stirling|Upton Sinclair
Helium is contained almost universally in the gases which bubble up with the water of thermal springs.
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.
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.