Nearby words

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

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

Can be confusedbabble bauble bubble

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British Dictionary definitions for bubble

bubble

noun

a thin film of liquid forming a hollow globule around air or a gasa soap bubble
a small globule of air or a gas in a liquid or a solid, as in carbonated drinks, glass, etc
the sound made by a bubbling liquid
something lacking substance, stability, or seriousness
an unreliable scheme or enterprise
a dome, esp a transparent glass or plastic one

verb

to form or cause to form bubbles
(intr) to move or flow with a gurgling sound
(intr; often foll by over) to overflow (with excitement, anger, etc)
(intr) Scot to snivel; blubber
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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Word Origin and History for bubble
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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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