noun Slang.

(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

Historical Examples of 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.

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  • Against that maddening silence, however, Bubs presently had a helpful and unprompted suggestion: "Hey, Pop!"

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  • Wise enough not to clutch it with his bare hands, Bubs came running with it held in a leaf.

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  • Bubs mother would give her a big pat, with a bunch of grapes stamped on it.

British Dictionary definitions for bubs



US informal fellow; youngster: used as a form of address
Australian and NZ slang
  1. a baby
  2. bubs gradethe first grade of schooling; nursery school

Word Origin for bub

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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