- (used as an often insolent term of address) brother; buddy.
Origin of bub
1830–40, Americanism; perhaps < German Bub, short for Bube boy
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Examples from the Web for bubs
After supper, as father and I were passing the Ridlets, we heard Bubs howls.
When you and Bubs and Evelyn were up in those old buildings.
Against that maddening silence, however, Bubs presently had a helpful and unprompted suggestion: "Hey, Pop!"
Wise enough not to clutch it with his bare hands, Bubs came running with it held in a leaf.
Bubs mother would give her a big pat, with a bunch of grapes stamped on it.
- US informal fellow; youngster: used as a form of address
- Australian and NZ slang
- a baby
- bubs gradethe first grade of schooling; nursery school
C20: perhaps from German Bube boy
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Word Origin and History for bubs
familiar address for males, 1839, perhaps a variation of bud "a little boy" (1848), American English colloquial; perhaps from German bube "boy," or from English brother.
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