hubble-bubble

[huhb-uh l-buhb-uh l]

noun

a simple form of the hookah, in which the smoke passes through water, causing a bubbling sound.
a bubbling sound.
an uproar; turmoil.

Origin of hubble-bubble

First recorded in 1625–35; rhyming compound based on bubble
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Related Words for hubble-bubble

plumbing, conduit, main, sluice, hookah, hubble-bubble, kalian

Examples from the Web for hubble-bubble

Contemporary Examples of hubble-bubble

  • Two teenage brothers apparently lit a campfire, smoked a nargillah—a hubble-bubble—and went home.

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    Israel's Inferno

    Fania Oz-Salzberger

    December 5, 2010

Historical Examples of hubble-bubble


British Dictionary definitions for hubble-bubble

hubble-bubble

noun

another name for hookah
hubbub; turmoil
a bubbling or gargling sound

Word Origin for hubble-bubble

C17: rhyming jingle based on bubble
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