- 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 bubblingcarbonated, ebullient, effervescent, effusive, exuberant, yeasty, exuberance, effusiveness
Examples from the Web for bubbling
Contemporary Examples of bubbling
The shared feelings, the bubbling emotion, the awe: she became an experience.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
Most of all, Orman reflects a bubbling Main Street frustration with hyper-partisan gridlock.The Kansas Independent Who Could Control the Senate
September 6, 2014
In L.A., the really exhilarant cooking was bubbling up from the bottom, not trickling down from the top.Why Los Angeles Is the Best Food Town in America
November 16, 2013
“But now the lid is coming off and overt racism is bubbling out,” says Bennett.Ghosts of the Confederacy Out in Force as Fringe Rules GOP
October 16, 2013
Maybe it all was bubbling under the surface as she seemed to many people to be doing fine.What Pushed Miriam Carey to a Capitol Hill Tragedy?
October 4, 2013
Historical Examples of bubbling
It was red from heat, and the water was bubbling away in its boiler.The Dream
Phoebe's indignation was cumulative always, and was now bubbling into wrath.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
He was bubbling over with excitement and the sense of his own huge importance.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Gubblum's porridge was bubbling, and the thivel worked vigorously.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Then, at last, when they were alone, he loosed the question that was bubbling on his lips.St. Martin's Summer
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.