adjective, bub·bli·er, bub·bli·est.

full of, producing, or characterized by bubbles.
lively; effervescent; enthusiastic: the bubbly spirit of those early movie musicals.

noun, plural bub·blies.

Origin of bubbly

First recorded in 1590–1600; bubble + -y1
Related formsbub·bli·ness, noun
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adjective -blier or -bliest

full of or resembling bubbles
lively; animated; exciteda bubbly personality


an informal name for champagne
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Word Origin and History for bubbly

1590s, from bubble (n.) + -ly (2). Of persons, from 1939. The slang noun meaning "champagne" (1920) is short for bubbly water (1910).

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